Kentucky Governor nominates new Secretary of State

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January 10, 2011

HOPKINS COUNTY, Kentucky: Democratic Governor Steve Beshear, who is up for re-election this November, announced on Friday, January 7th that he had selected Democrat Elaine Walker as the new Secretary of State.[1] The appointment came the same day that Trey Grayson, the Republican predecessor who had held the office since 2004, handed in his resignation in order to take up his new job as director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.[2]

According to Governor Beshear's Office, Walker has nearly thirty years experience in politics that includes work for members of Congress and the Los Angeles City Council. Prior to her appointment, she had been elected in 2004 as Mayor of Bowling Green and also serves as president of the board of directors for the Kentucky League of Cities. Walker has stated that she plans on filing papers in the next week to campaign for a full publicly elected term this November, which would make her the first Democratic nominee to announce her intention to seek the office this year.

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