by Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio (excerpts):
An incumbent with a well-known political lineage, an outspoken Lexington government official and a Libertarian with computer skills are vying to be Kentucky’s next treasurer.
The three made their positions known Monday night on Kentucky Educational Television.
Libertarian Ken Moellman has been politically active for years, but is making his first attempt at elected office this fall. Primarily, Moellman wants to eliminate state treasurers and replace them with computers.
“I’ve been working in I-T for 15 years. I’ve actually automated myself out of a job twice in my professional career. I’ve done exactly what I’m trying to do here twice in the private sector where I have replaced myself with a computer,” he says.
In salaries alone, Moellman claims eliminating the state treasurer’s office and two top assistants would save $300,000 in taxpayer dollars.
Moellman avoided much the back and forth between the mainstream candidates. Instead, at the end of the hour-long KET forum, he talked about voter dissatisfaction and predicted the statewide race for treasurer could become an indicator on voter attitudes in the fall of 2011.
“This is both a learning experience for the party but more specifically it’s going to give us a real gauge of how strong we are in a statewide race that isn’t as contentious as president or US Senate,” says Moellman. “Something that we can actually gauge what support really is out there.”
Video of the debate from KET TV is here.
Previous campaign updates from http://ken4ky.com/ken_media:
September 13th – Debate coverage (WFPL)
September 12th – Watch the KET debate online (KET)
September 12th – Republicans drop lawsuit against Moellman (The Republic)
September 8th – Republican activists sue to remove Moellman from ballot (C-J)
September 5th – Moellman speaks at Nothin’ Fancy Farm event (Richmond Register)
August 31st – RELEASE: LIBERTARIAN MOELLMAN HAS SIGNIFICANT MOMENTUM
August 30th – Moellman increases to 16% in polls (PPP PDF)
August 22nd – Moellman to speak at Nothin’ Fancy Farm (Richmond Register)
August 7th – Libertarian Ken Moellman protests his denial to speak at Fancy Farm (nky.com)
August 3rd – Libertarian Ken Moellman files petition to run for treasurer (C-J)
August 3rd – RELEASE: LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE FILES PETITION
July 27th – Libertarian Ken Moellman to run for state treasurer (KY CFG)
July 27th – Libertarian Ken Moellman to run for state treasurer (C-J)
July 25th – RELEASE: CANDIDATE GOES TO FANCY FARM THOUGH DENIED INVITATION
June 13th – RELEASE: Moellman pleased with initial 5% support
March 26th – Ken Moellman receives majority of votes for treasurer at NKY Tea Party forum (nky.com)
March 25th – Kentucky Libertarians Plan Statewide Petition Drive in 2011 Election (ballot access news)
March 25th – RELEASE: Libertarian Announces campaign for Kentucky State Treasurer
A selection from recent updates from facebook:
Ken here – Bumper stickers are here! Any donors to date will be sent a bumper sticker. We’ll also be bringing them to events from here on out. We’re working on the rest of the campaign still, and still need donations. So, if you have some to give, it’s a worthy cause! Thank you!
4 hours ago
Ken here – For those that have asked, I’m putting about 2500 miles per week on my car. When I put the engine in the car, back in February, the odometer showed 160,000. It’s now at 210,000! It’s a good thing I work on my own vehicles. That would have cost a fortune.
September 25 at 9:47am
Any readers who wish to donate to Moellman’s campaign can do so here.
Disclosure: The computer that I am borrowing to post to IPR was made operational again by Ken Moellman at no charge. Much appreciated.