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James Gould vying for Senate seat

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Challenging incumbent Rand Paul

By Ashley Sutter

With U.S. Senator Rand Paul focused on two different political offices, Lexington financial analyst James Gould is peering through the opened window of opportunity and eyeing Paul’s seat on the Senate.

The 47-year-old Lexington native has little political experience, with an unsuccessful run for city council at the age of 21, but says he is eager to bring numerous important issues to the table.

Gould said some of those issues include campaign finance reform and the military, noting suspected matters of contamination surrounding the Blue Grass Army Depot.

Gould served in the U.S. Navy for more than 13 years before he medically retired and said during that time he served on three chemical, biological and decontamination teams so the matter of environmental safety at the Blue Grass Army Depot is significant to him.

“I want to bring more attention to the Blue Grass [Army] Depot,” he said, noting that he feels there is a matter of environmental and national security that needs to be handled.  “I want the mess cleaned up.”

Gould said while he agrees with Paul on some issues, such as shrinking domesticated spending, there are some matters he does not agree with.

“I respect Rand Paul as a person but I have a different of philosophies on military affairs,” he said.

In addition, Gould said he has a contrasting opinion on dealing with the financial crisis, which initiated Paul earlier last year to introduce the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, also known as the “Audit the Fed” bill, in the Senate.

Gould said he didn’t feel that is the correct route to take.

“I think we need to audit the relationship of the Federal Reserve rather than focus on auditing the books,” he said.

In addition, he said states should be the primary law making body on matters such as gay rights and the legalization of marijuana.

“The state will do better than the federal government,” he said.  “If you don’t like the laws of one state you can move to another state.”

Another hot button issue for Gould is campaign finance reform.

He said he will run a low budget campaign and will not take outside donations in the Republican Primary.

“That way I don’t have out-of-state billionaires calling the shots on me,” he said. “That’s destroying the political process.”

When asked why he decided to return to the political races after a 26-year hiatus, Gould said he feels he has a few advantages.

“Rand Paul is running for both offices. I’m running for one office,” he said, noting his attention is focused.

But he alluded to a second, hidden advantage that may also offer a boost in the polls.

“I think there’s an event from 2001 that’s not been made public that will boost me in the polls by twenty percent overnight,” he said, noting it will be his biggest accomplishment.

He said the matter was an undisclosed military event that he hopes will come to light prior to the primary election in May.

“I expect it to be declassified later,” he said.

Originally from Morehead, Gould earned his undergraduate degree from MSU after just three years and earned his MBA in 1992.

He spent more than a decade in the Navy–a job that took him to 25 countries, he said.  He now serves as a financial analyst for ProActive Advisors in Lexington and with the primary election nearly three months away, there’s plenty of work to be done on the campaign trail.

Regardless of the outcome, Gould said his campaign alone would hopefully be a public service.

“Because I’m drawing attention to matters that need to be corrected.”