Treasurer - Democratic Primary

Josh Mers

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: https://www.joshmers.com/

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Question 1:

What is your vision for the role of the Kentucky Treasurer? How will our commonwealth be better in four years if you are elected?

Kentucky’s Treasurer should be the chief ambassador for modernizing our economy, updating our tax code, modernizing revenue streams and developing a sound 21st century investment strategy.

Far too often our Commonwealth has failed to stress the importance of the Treasurer’s role. Managing the financial and investment strategy in a fair and independent capacity is vital for Kentucky. Equally vital is the role that the Treasurer holds as a watchdog and advocate for all Kentuckians. A strong independent Treasurer that will not act as a rubber stamp for the Governor is essential.

Over the past 3 years, our Governor has been allowed to write checks that the Commonwealth can’t cash. The Treasurer is the Chief Financial Officer for Kentucky and not the private account of any governor, Democrat or Republican. We’re not wearing team jerseys, but rather advocating for the taxpayer; the people of each of our 120 counties.

I believe in a 2020 Vision for Kentucky’s Treasury. That vision is successful when we generate new sources of revenue, understand the importance of smart budgeting, strengthen our taxpayer safeguards, to include fraud detection and prevention capabilities and improve the overall financial literacy in Kentucky.

Michael Bowman

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: https://www.bowmanforkentucky.com/

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Question 1:

What is your vision for the role of the Kentucky Treasurer? How will our commonwealth be better in four years if you are elected?

I envision the Treasurer's office taking a stand for accountability within state government. The role of the Treasurer is to provide a stop-gap to prevent abuse of tax dollars by an otherwise unchecked chief executive and I will hold all the stakeholders, regardless of party, accountable.  My experience in both banking and local government gives me a unique perspective on how best to handle our states investments and ensure the best outcomes. As an ex-officio member of many boards and commissions, I will be a much stronger advocate for the interests of the people of the commonwealth than has been demonstrated by the incumbent and will help drive policies that build a stronger economy.