Ermold loses chance to face Kim Davis in Kentucky race

David Ermold files his papers for candidacy to run for Rowan County clerk. AP photo.

In eastern Kentucky's Rowan County, voters denied the Democratic nomination to a gay candidate who wanted to challenge the local clerk who denied him and others same-sex marriage licenses.

David Ermold had wanted to face Republican Kim Davis, who went to jail three years ago for denying marriage licenses in the aftermath of an historic U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

Ermold lost despite raising out-raising fellow Democratic candidate Elwood Caudill by at least $200,000. Caudill will now face Davis, the Associated Press reports.

The AP reports that Rowan County residents worried that Ermold’s bid for the nomination would bring back the heavy media attention the area received in 2015, as protests against Davis grew. Republicans in Rowan County have even suggested they may not vote for Davis after she brought so much negative attention to the county.

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The Gayly. May 23, 2018. 9:51 a.m. CST.