Walker is running on a platform that promises that protects small businesses and eases their interactions with the state through a one-stop business portal for filing papers and taxes so business owners can spend more time creating jobs and less time filing paperwork. She also wants to expand broadband access, especially in the rural parts of Kentucky, as well as focus on educating children in civics.
Alison Lundergan Grimes
Alison Lundergan Grimes of Lexington works as a practicing lawyer for the Stoll, Keenon and Ogden law firm. Grimes graduated from Rhodes College with a degree in political science, then went on to further her education at American University, Washing College of Law. For the past two years, Grimes has served on the Women Lawyer’s Association of the Fayette County Bar, where she received the 2010 Outstanding Young Lawyer award. Grimes spends time volunteering with the Salvation Army and is a member of the board of directors for God’s Pantry Food Bank. She has also worked as a precinct officer for the 75th Legislative District and a DNC Rules Committee member.
If elected, Grimes wants to pursue increasing access to the polls, work to engage the younger generation in the civic process, promote small business owners and large employers, and work together to come up with ways to create and promote more jobs in Kentucky.
L.J. “Todd” Hollenbach
L.J. “Todd” Hollenbach of Jefferson County currently serves as state treasurer. He took office in January 2008, serving as the state’s 37th treasurer. Hollenbach graduated from the University of Kentucky and the University of Lousiville Brandeis School of Law. He worked as an attorney in a private practice from 1985 to 2007 and served as a commissioner for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights from 1999 to 2007.
As treasurer, Hollenbach said he would continue to monitor spending to make sure the “people’s hard-earned tax dollars are not missed,” use technology to make the office more efficient and further save taxpayers money, make sure the states money is invested wisely and safely, and ensure retirements of past, current and future teachers. He also wants to push for reviving Kentucky's Affordable Pre-paid Tuition Program to help families save on their children’s educations and host a financial literacy summit to increase financial literacy in the private and public sectors.
Steve Hamrick of Western Kentucky serves as a pastor at a Disciples of Christ Christian Church. He attended Georgetown University and Murray State University, graduating in 1972 with a degree from MSU. He studied at Wichita State University in Urban Affairs and Planning in 1974 and in public administration in 1975. Hamrick is a charter member of the Christian County Democratic Association and has served as the Democratic Executive Committee in Marion, Marshall and Graves counties. He is a delegate to the Kentucky State Democratic Convention and was elected as a presidential elector for then-vice-president Al Gore in 2000. Hamrick also served as a county planner for Marshal County from 1974 to 1977 and the executive director for the Marion County Office of Economic Development in the mid-1980s.
If elected, Hamrick said he would work to correct the hardships middle-class Kentucky families are facing through influence in positive, governmental action. He also promises transparency, accountability and efficiency if elected treasurer. Hamrick said his background as a small-business owner demonstrates his commitment to hard work, communication and commitment to move forward, which he believes would transfer into his role in the treasurer’s office by making it more effective, secure and efficient.