By Jack Brammer – firstname.lastname@example.org
FRANKFORT — Two Lexington residents filed Tuesday to run for state constitutional offices on this year’s ballot.
KC Crosbie, a three-term member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council, filed with the secretary of state’s office to run for the Republican nomination for state treasurer and Adam Edelen, former chief of staff for Gov. Steve Beshear, filed his official papers to run as a Democrat for state auditor.
The filing deadline to run for state constitutional offices this year is 4 p.m. Jan. 25.
The job of treasurer is now held by Democrat Todd Hollenbach of Louisville, who has said he plans to seek re-election.
Crosbie, 41, is the first candidate to file for the office this year. She said she sees “tremendous opportunities” for the state’s chief elected fiscal officer, whose duties include administering the state’s unclaimed property fund program and monitoring state investments.
“With the worst economy in years, we could do a a lot more educational programs across the state than the office has been doing,” Crosbie said. “I believe Kentuckians should expect more of their treasurer.”
She said she is not on a slate with any candidate for governor and believes she can fulfill her council job while running for state office.
Crosbie, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, was re-elected to the council in November. If she wins the treasurer’s race this year, Lexingon Mayor Jim Gray would appoint someone to finish her term on the council.
Signing Crosbie’s filing papers for treasurer were Stephen Huffman , an executive committee member of the state Republican Party, and Eric Lycan of Lexington. She and her husband, Scott Crosbie, an attorney, have three children.
Signing Edelen’s candidacy papers were state Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, and the Rev. Kevin Wayne Cosby, senior pastor at St. Stephen Church in Louisville.
The current auditor, Democrat Crit Luallen, cannot run again because of term limits.
Overly said she supports Edelen’s candidacy “because Kentucky needs a state auditor who will fight waste, fraud, and corruption with the same tenacity we’ve seen from Crit Luallen over the past seven years.”
Cosby said Edelen “shares the values that I think are essential for any public servant — particularly the state auditor. He’s smart, honest, sincere, vigorous and devoted to Kentucky. As the father of young twin boys, I know he’s committed to doing everything he can to ensure that Kentucky is a state full of opportunities for the next generation.”
Last week, Edelen’s fund-raising report with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance showed that he raised a record $302,745 for his campaign in the last three months of 2010.
He said he expects to raise $1 million for the race and will campaign vigorously in all 120 counties.
Republican John T. Kemper III of Lexington filed last November to run for the Republican nomination for auditor.