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Kim Davis denied him a marriage license. Now he wants her job

Linda Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader on

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Ermold and Moore married in October, 2015 in Morehead. Ermold has two master's degrees from Morehead State University, and has worked at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and Maysville Community College. Since 2015, he's helped organize several gay pride events in Morehead.

Davis has become a darling of the religious right. For example, two months ago she traveled to Romania to urge that country to outlaw gay marriage.

Ermold said Davis' position within the religious right is bringing more politics to the job.

Going to Romania, he said, "she's just dragging our people through the mud over and over again," he said. "Our people want to move on."

Jackie Matthews is one of those people. She moved to Kentucky two years ago, then specifically moved to Rowan County so she could marry her wife there last year. She is excited to vote for Ermold and get Davis out of office and joined him at the lightly attended event at Coffeetree Books in downtown Morehead.

"You have to serve all the people, not just the ones you agree with," she said. "David represents everyone."

Ermold said he was also discouraged by politicians who used the Rowan rift to further their candidacies in the presidential primary. He said he's aware that Davis could get a lot of outside help in the campaign, but hopes Rowan voters will recognize the importance of restoring integrity to the office.

"Diversity, inclusion -- none of these things are solely one party issues," he said. "These are issues that are important to all of us."


Like much of Eastern Kentucky, Rowan County has turned from a Democratic county to a Republican one; President Donald Trump won with 58.5 percent of the vote in 2016.

Retired Morehead instructor Joe Sartor said the community is pretty divided over Davis, so he thinks Ermold has a shot. But Morehead resident Bill Roberts said he's one of many true blue supporters of Davis and her stance on gay marriage.

"She does a good job and should be re-elected," he said. "I stand by her 10,000 percent."

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