|Recorded Friday, October 23 2015 at 15 N. Pizza in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.|
Via - Two candidates deeply rooted in Appalachia — one a retired school teacher and state lawmaker, the other a bankruptcy attorney and political newcomer — are competing in the down-ballot campaign to become Kentucky's next state treasurer.
Democrat Rick Nelson of Middlesboro touts his experience in the classroom and in Kentucky's Capitol as a state representative. Republican Allison Ball of Prestonsburg says her background helping people through bankruptcies has prepared her to be a watchdog of state finances.
The treasurer balances the state's checkbook, collects and returns unclaimed property and handles other financial duties.
The office has about 30 employees and an annual budget of $3.1 million. The treasurer also serves on the state lottery board, the State Investment Commission and the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System board of directors.
The incumbent state treasurer, Democrat Todd Hollenbach, is finishing his second term and can't serve again because of term limits.
Nelson and Ball won competitive primaries in the spring to set up their election contest on Nov. 3.