David Ermold, who teaches English at the University of Pikeville, said Wednesday that he is throwing his name in for Rowan County Clerk in Kentucky, a position Davis now holds.
Ermold and his partner, David Moore, were one of the couples Davis denied a marriage license to.
Remember Kim Davis? She made national headlines as the county clerk in Kentucky who served jail time for refusing to grant a marriage license to a gay couple in 2015.
Davis was jailed briefly for defying a judge's order to begin issuing licenses, drawing nationwide coverage and galvanizing a debate about religious freedom. The case was resolved when her deputy started issuing licenses and the state of Kentucky later created an alternate license that no longer required a county clerk's signature. Davis denied his marriage license in 2015.
I am running to restore the people's confidence in our clerk's office.
On his campaign website, Ermold vowed to bring leadership, fairness, and responsibility to the role of county clerk. "I will build upon the successes of the past, and I will seek solutions for the challenges we may still face". Ernold will be competing against at least three other Democrats to run against the Republican Davis. The others are James L. Jessee, Elwood Caudill and Nashia Fife, according to the Kentucky Office of the Secretary of State.
Ermold officially announced his intent to run nearly a month later, taking to Twitter on December 6 to announce "It's official". She has held the clerkship since 2014, and her mother held it before that. He said Davis does a good job as clerk, but said he was troubled by her decision not to issue the marriage licenses.
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On Wednesday, Ermold announced his intention to run against Davis on the platform of fairness and integrity, he said in a statement.
"We have some minds to change and that's going to be hard", Ermold said. He says he is more than qualified to run the office, which keeps track of the county's records including real estate transactions and vehicle registrations.
"I think we need to deal with the circumstances and the consequences of what happened", Ermold said. "It should not be something that's handed down from mother to daughter and from daughter to son".
Ermold and Moore married in October, 2015 in Morehead.
Ernold is an English professor at the University of Pikeville, and also the leader of Morehead Pride, a local gay rights organization.
Davis was a champion for anti-LGBT rights. For example, two months ago she traveled to Romania to urge that country to outlaw gay marriage. He said he is exhausted of the "divide and conquer" style of politics that has come to dominate most elections, where candidates purposefully take stances to energize some voters while angering everyone else. She later said she was acting "under God's authority". "Our people want to move on".