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David Ermold will run against Kim Davis who denied him a marriage license

Davis and Ermold meet again but this time it's to fill out election paperwork.
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It’s official, David Ermold of Kentucky is going to run against Kim Davis for the Rowan County Clerk’s seat to, “restore professional leadership, fairness, and responsibility to the clerk’s office.”

“I am running to restore the confidence of the people in our clerk’s office and because I believe that the leaders of our community should act with integrity and fairness, and they should put the needs of their constituents first,” Ermold told the Lexington Herald Leader. “I will build upon the successes of the past, and I will seek solutions for the challenges we may still face.”

Davis and Ermold met once again on Wednesday to fill out paperwork so that he can run against her. The two were cordial, Davis even giving them an update on a recent surgery she had. This behavior is far removed from when they first met two years ago. 

Ermold,43, became a huge voice and one of the dominant faces of marriage equality in 2015 when he and his husband went to get their marriage license after the Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage.

But he was faced with resistance from Rowan County Clerk Davis after she refused to issue one because of her religious beliefs.

A federal judge ordered her to do so, but she stood her ground which eventually led to a brief jail sentence.

Ermold is an English teacher at the University of Pikeville and is a local LGBT community activist. 

If you would like to contribute to his campaign click HERE.