- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - State Rep. Rick Nelson has defeated four opponents to win the Democratic nomination for state treasurer in Kentucky’s primary election.

The Middlesboro lawmaker now faces Republican Allison Ball of Prestonsburg in the November election.

The winner will succeed Todd Hollenbach, a Democrat in his second term who couldn’t run again because of term limits.

Nelson defeated Louisville business executive Neville Blakemore, former state Rep. Richard Henderson of Mount Sterling, state Rep. Jim Glenn of Owensboro and Louisville real estate agent Daniel Grossberg in the crowded Democratic primary.

Nelson says his teaching career would give him special insight as a board member helping oversee the pension system for teachers. Nelson says he would like to get out of the office occasionally and teach financial literacy classes at high schools to emphasize the importance of money management.

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