By Portia Williams
SOUTH SHORE, Ky. — Rick Nelson, Democratic candidate for State Treasurer stopped in South Shore, Ky. on Wednesday to Rotary Park. Rep. Tanya Pullin said having a political candidate to grace South Shore, Ky. with their presence is a rare occasion.
“I know Rick Nelson very well, and I know that he is a person who we can trust, ” Pullin said. “He is very caring, dependable, hardworking, just the kind of person that we would like to have in the State Treasurer’s Office. I appreciate his coming to South Shore to campaign, not very many statewide candidates will come to South Shore, so I appreciate his efforts in doing so. It means a lot to us.”
Nelson is a native of Harlan County, Ky. He is the son of a coal miner, and has been married for 39 years to his wife Inetta, and they have a daughter named Katie.
“Representative Pullin put together three or four events to try to meet with voters, to try to get ready for the election coming up on Tuesday,” Nelson said. “We have traveled over 33, 000 miles to get ready for the election.”
Nelson believes his background in education, and passion to see youth excel is what is needed to be an effective State Treasurer.
“The Treasurer’s duty is important. We have $300 million dollars in unclaimed property that we need to return to the citizens. For the Lottery board, let’s make sure that your high school students get their scholarships, that is the main thing is making sure that when high school students earn a scholarship, and make the grades, that they receive the funds,” he said. “The scholarship money comes from lottery proceeds in the State of Kentucky. The Treasurer is the Vice Chairman of the Kentucky State Lottery board, and should make sure that the money is there for those kids. I think that education is important, and it is a great equalizer, and that is my passion , the young people. I am a retired teacher, so I think that would be a good fit for that.”
Nelson also said his experience is another qualifier for the position of State Treasurer.
“I have more experience and qualifications than my opponent does. Every two years in the General Assembly we vote on a multi-billion dollar budget, and I believe that gives me some experience in knowing how to handle the office,” Nelson said.
Harold Middleton of United Steel Workers Organization of Active Retirees, said they are in full support of Nelson’s pursuit in the race for State Treasurer.
“Being a past Steel Worker, I am retired now, but we feel like Nelson is the best candidate. I really hope that he is successful in his endeavors,” Middleton said.
Nelson said his next stop on his campaign trail is Owensboro, Ky. On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, Nelson said they will gather in Frankfort, Ky. at the Convention Center.
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