Eight Candidates Seek Office of Treasurer

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Republican Melinda Wheeler is pushing an idea quite different from the seven other candidates running for state treasurer: she doesn't think the office is worth keeping.

Wheeler has recently campaigned on a message to voters that, as treasurer, the best thing she could do with the office is work to eliminate it. If elected, Wheeler says she would push for a constitutional amendment to abolish the job.

"We don't need the office of treasurer, and I'm a fiscal conservative and I'm looking out for your money," Wheeler said recently.

There are eight candidates seeking the office of treasurer, four from each party.

Incumbent state Treasurer Jonathan Miller, nearing the end of his second term, was prevented by term limits from seeking a third. Miller was a candidate in the Democratic governor's race, but dropped out on May 7 to throw his support behind former Lt. Gov. Steve Beshear.

On the GOP side, the other candidates in the May 22 primary are state Reps. Lonnie Napier of Lancaster, Brandon Smith of Hazard and Ken Upchurch of Monticello. Each of them say that as treasurer they would create new programs aimed at improving fiscal literacy.

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