Democrat Hollenbach Has Large Lead In Treasurer's Race

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Louisville lawyer Todd Hollenbach has a sizable lead over his Republican opponent, Melinda Wheeler, in the race for state treasurer, according to a new poll.

Hollenbach, the Democratic nominee, leads Wheeler, a retired court administrator, 51 percent to 36 percent, according to the Herald-Leader/Action 36 Election Poll released on Tuesday. Thirteen percent were undecided.

Wheeler has said she wants to abolish the treasurer's office, calling it an unnecessary political post.

Neither candidate has held elective office.

Wheeler, 58, says she was born into a political family in Johnson County in Eastern Kentucky. Her father, C.O. "Buzzy" Wheeler, was a county court clerk and worked for Gov. Louis Nunn, a Republican.

Hollenbach, 47, is the son of former Jefferson County Judge-Executive Todd Hollenbach.

The treasurer is paid $99,000 a year and oversees a staff of 32 people.

The polling firm Research 2000 collected answers by phone from 600 likely voters from Oct. 22-24. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

--- Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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