Alison Lundergan Grimes
|Alison Lundergan Grimes|
|Kentucky Secretary of State|
|January 5, 2012 - Present|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 8, 2011|
|J.D.||Washington College of Law, American University|
Grimes works in the business litigation group of the law firm Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC. She has also served for the past two years as President of the Women Lawyers' Association of the Fayette County Bar. Grimes volunteers on the board of directors of God's Pantry Food Bank, which works to eliminate hunger in Kentucky; she also serves as director of the Historic Woodward Heights Neighborhood Association. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Rhodes College and her J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University. Grimes and her husband, Andrew, reside in Lexington, KY.
- JD, Washington College of Law, American University
- BA, Political Science, Rhodes College
Kentucky Secretary of State (2012-present)
Grimes is considered a potential Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the 2014 elections. The seat is currently occupied by veteran officeholder Mitch McConnell (R), who is running for re-election.
| Secretary of State 2011 elections|
| Kentucky • Louisiana • Mississippi
|2011 Election information|
| Primary election dates|
Statewide elections, 2011
|Secretary of State news headlines|
Grimes announced her candidacy for Kentucky Secretary of State in the 2011 attorney general election on January 21, 2011. She defeated incumbent Elaine Walker in the May 17 Democratic primary and Republican businessman Bill Johnson in the November 8 general election.
|Kentucky Secretary of State, 2011|
|Democratic||Alison Lundergan Grimes||60.6%||494,368|
|Secretary of State -- Democratic primary results|
|Democratic Party||Alison Lundergan Grimes||55.25%|
|Democratic Party||Elaine Walker||44.75%|
Grimes's campaign website promised to create jobs by recruiting employers and small businesses to come to Kentucky, improve the state's election system by increasing access for veterans and driving higher voter participation, and streamline the secretary of state's office's business registration process.
She also advocated increasing voter access by allowing veterans, victims of domestic violence and others to list the secretary of state's office as their residence for voter registration purposes. This put her at odds with her general election opponent, Bill Johnson, who openly condemned outgoing incumbent Elaine Walker for allowing voters to register without a permanent address. Johnson argued that Walker's move could result in illegal immigrants, felons and other ineligible voters casting ballots. Grimes, who defeated Walker in the May 17 Democratic primary, defended her former opponent, declaring that "Kentuckians do not give up their rights as citizens because they are not property owners."
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|Alison Lundergan Grimes's Campaign Contributions|
Kentucky Secretary of State
|Total Raised by Opponents||$113,990|
|Top 5 contributors||Kentucky Democratic Party||$22,851|
|Kentucky Bankers Association||$2,000|
|United Mine Workers||$2,000|
|Steptoe & Johnson||$2,000|
|16 individual donors||$2,000 each|
- Kentucky Secretary of State website
- Alison Grimes's Facebook profile
- Alison Grimes's Twitter account
- Project Vote Smart - Alison Grimes biography
- Kentucky Secretary of State, " Biography - Alison Lundergan Grimes," accessed March 29, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes's Biography," accessed March 29, 2013
- Public Policy Polling, "McConnell remains extremely unpopular," April 9, 2013
- Bowling Green Daily News, "Lexington attorney to face Walker in race," January 21, 2011.
- Louisville Courier-Journal, "2011 Voter Guide -- Secretary of State," accessed July 15, 2011.
- Cincinnati.com, "Grimes’ campaign says homeless have a right to vote," July 6, 2011.
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Elaine Walker (D)
|Kentucky Secretary of State
2012 - present
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