Former Secret Service officer, CIA contractor Carl Nett announces run for Secretary of State

02/23/2018 09:19 AM

Former intelligence officer Carl B. Nett, an author and former candidate for the state House, has declared his intent to run in the Republican primary for Secretary of State in 2019.

Nett is the third candidate into the race vying for the Republican nomination, and is counting on his background as a native Kentuckian, who protected President George W. Bush and various dignitaries and world leaders. Nett also pursued terrorists in Afghanistan working within the CIA’s National Clandestine Service.

The GOP candidate ran for the state House in district 35 against Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville in 2014, Nett’s father, Carl A. Nett, served in the state House of Representatives for 20 years.

The 2019 election for Secretary of State is an open seat, as current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is term limited.

Nett released a video on Friday, announcing his candidacy.

Nett will face election lawyer Michael Adams and former Republican Secretary of State nominee Steve Knipper in the 2019 primary.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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