Alison Lundergan Grimes announces Candidacy for Secretary of State
(LEXINGTON, KY) - Lexington attorney Alison Lundergan Grimes today announced her candidacy to become Kentucky’s next Secretary of State. In her announcement Gimes said “It is the time for a new generation, proud of our heritage, and dedicated to the faith of our ancestors, to take the reins” of the Secretary of State’s Office.
Among her plans as Secretary of State Alison intends to advocate for four key points including: be an ambassador to Kentucky’s business community, increase civic education in Kentucky schools, work with Kentucky’s County Clerks to ensure that every vote is protected and counted, and provide protection to domestic violence victims on by concealing their residency on voter rolls.
Grimes says that as an attorney she has worked with the Secretary of State’s office regularly and has the “know-how” to make it work better. She pledged to make the office a one-stop shop for economic development and create an environment that encourages businesses to come to Kentucky. Gimes says, this “means more jobs and a brighter future for Kentucky and its citizens. Kentucky’s next Secretary of State must be an ambassador to business.”
Grimes outlined key elements in her platform saying, “We must never forget that our democratic system will last only as long as the next generation values it. Civics education in schools is crucial. Kentucky’s children must understand the blessings of liberty so many have fought for, and be inspired to participate in the political discourse of our time. “
She had a special message for Kentucky’s service men and women saying, “With so many Kentuckians serving active military duty, I believe those who risk their lives on the battlefield must have their voice protected at the ballot box. Ensuring all our men and women in uniform have access to a ballot box and their votes are counted will be a priority for me as Secretary of State.”
Grimes, a former President of the Fayette County Women’s Lawyers Association has a record of providing free legal services to victims of domestic violence. She says, “In our democracy, no eligible voter should be afraid to cast their ballot. We must protect the privacy of domestic violence victims by allowing them to list the Secretary of State’s office as their “residence” on the public voter registration rolls.” Under current system the addresses of these victims can easily be accessed through Kentucky’s voter registration records.
Alison, an attorney and small business owner indicated that she plans to build a statewide grassroots organization. This will be done through the use of the internet (www.Alison2011.com), technology and hard work. Despite the predicted winter weather, on Friday Grimes will begin taking her candidacy on an aggressive “Ready to listen, ready to lead tour”. This will include a series of face to face meeting with local Democratic elected officials, activists and voters.
Grimes enters the race with the support of many key Kentucky Democratic Party leaders. Her parents are prominent Kentucky Democratic Party leaders. Her father Jerry Lundergan is a former Kentucky Democratic Party State Chairman. He has also been the Kentucky point person for former President Bill Clinton and now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Her mother Charlotte is the DNC National Committeewoman for the Kentucky Democratic Party. She is married to Andrew Grimes and they reside in Lexington.