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The State Treasurer is the chief fiscal officer for the state. They are responsible for recording and monitoring all of the state’s financial activities to ensure that the government is acting in the best interest of taxpayers.

Our current State Treasurer is Allison Ball and she is running for re-election as the Republican candidate.

Michael Bowman is the Democratic candidate.

Both responded to our survey and their answers follow.

Lea las respuestas en español de los candidatos aquí.

Allison Ball

Political party: Republican

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

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Campaign Twitter: Twitter

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?

The Kentucky State Treasurer is tasked with being a watchdog to make sure that state funds are spent in accordance with the laws and Constitution of our Commonwealth.  In addition, the Treasurer should be maximizing returns of unclaimed property to Kentucky families. If reelected, I will continue the record-setting levels of returns that my office achieved over the past three years.

The Treasurer is in a unique position to advocate for financial literacy and empowerment for all Kentuckians. Too many of our fellow Kentuckians are living paycheck to paycheck, sometimes due to becoming trapped in debt. If I am reelected, I will continue my efforts to expand financial literacy and empowerment programs for K-12 students, as well as vulnerable communities that are underserved in the area of financial empowerment, such as Kentuckians with disabilities, those below the poverty line, or who are of retirement age.

During my first term, I helped create the STABLE Kentucky program, which helps Kentuckians with disabilities save and invest funds for education, transportation, housing and medical expenses, without losing access to government benefits. I will continue to promote these accounts, and the vital role they play in helping people achieve financial independence and stability.

Michael Bowman

Political party: Democrat

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

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Campaign Twitter: Twitter

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.