GOP candidate Knipper says Grimes has 'lost credibility' looks forward to SOS race
01/31/2015 10:14 AM
Republican Steve Knipper, the first person to announce his intentions to run for Secretary of State in 2014, says he likes his chances against the potential Democratic nominee and incumbent Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Knipper, a business analyst and IT project manager, says his background makes him the ideal candidate for a 21st century secretary of state. Current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is an attorney by trade, and Knipper said that the office is not “set for that skill set.”
Leaning on hard on technology and his background, Knipper said the push towards electronic information delivery will move the background away from lawyers and more towards IT professionals.
Knipper, if elected sees himself as the state “cheerleader” as a way he can use the office of secretary of state to attract businesses into Kentucky.
“One of the ways we can do that is to utilize our universities. We can utilize the knowledge that we have…we go to the professors and ask them, ‘what is the cutting edge in your field,’” Knipper said.
Once Knipper says he can match a business with an industry in the state he would act as a conduit between the governor’s office and the legislature to work out the plan.
Knipper is also looking at ways to bring the office into the 21st century, but he stopped short of promoting the idea of electronic voting.
“I’m not saying anything about electronic voting,” Knipper said. “All I’m saying the electronic portions as we move closer to the way things are going to be done five – ten years from now. We have to update what we’re doing now.”
“Will there be a paper ballot? Yes.”
On the campaign trail Knipper says he has a solid footing after spending his first seven months in the race working on infrastructure.
“We have people in every county now…they’re ready to go,” Knipper said. “The network is established people know who I am now.”
While Knipper focused on his network, he lacked in overall fundraising bringing in a mere $5,750 since entering the race in June of 2014. But, he says he is focused on raising money and has brought on a top level fundraiser from North Carolina.
“I think a lot of people are going to be surprised when they see the next dollar amount that we’ve raised,” Knipper said.
Knipper faces fellow Republican Michael Pitzer, 42, in the GOP primary. Democratic incumbent Grimes will also face a challenger in Charles Lovett of Louisville.
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