Candidates for Secretary of State and State Auditor make pitch to Northern Kentucky Chamber

08/21/2015 03:15 PM

COVINGTON – The Republican and Democratic candidates for State Auditor and Secretary of State made their pitch for support during the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce meet the candidates Government Forum on Friday.

Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who’s running for re-election, made her case to around 50 people who attended the event that a boom in business has happened in the state under her watch.

“We’ve laid the foundation,” Grimes said. “I’m not just a brick layer, I’m not just building a wall, we’re building a cathedral.”

Sec. Grimes was also in Northern Kentucky today meeting with area business and economic development leaders regarding issues affecting the Northern Kentucky economy.

Republican challenger, Steve Knipper, a former Erlanger city councilman, says that he has been successful in connecting with Kentucky voters around the state. Knipper highlighted his IT background in an interview with Pure Politics after the event.

“You know, I’ve designed tons of portals in my life, I’ve been doing this for years and years and years, I know what business people would like and I know what business people like,” Knipper said. “Couple that with the IT security and all of the things we’re facing around the world today, cyber-attacks and everything, you need somebody with more or less my skill set.”

Rep. Mike Harmon, R-Danville, who is opposing incumbent Adam Edelen for State Auditor, says one of the state’s biggest issues is with its growing state pension liability.

“We’ve got about $40 billion in unfunded pension liability,” Harmon said. “We need to do a performance audit with both KRS and KTRS, they each face significant problems.”

Edelen says that his four years has shown that he genuinely cares about the area through the various high profile investigations and audits that he’s completed.

“From the Dayton school district to the city manager in Covington, to the work we’ve done with the airport, to the work we did down with the student nutrition program in the Kenton County Schools, we have been extraordinary active in northern Kentucky because the tax payers here deserve just as much protection as folks get anywhere else in the state”, Edelen said.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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