Grimes to speak at Fancy Farm; Says she will urge voters to do their civic duty this fall

08/03/2012 02:47 PM

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes decided Friday she would speak at the annual Fancy Farm picnic political speaking event.

She will be the only state-wide elected Democrat to speak as the others — Gov. Steve Beshear, Lt Gov. Jerry Abramson. Attorney General Jack Conway and Auditor Adam Edelen all declining to speak because of scheduling conflicts. Treasurer Todd Hollenbach will attend the picnic but not speak.

But she told Pure Politics and the Herald-Leader’ Jack Brammer after the labor luncheon she sponsored Friday in Paducah that her speech would focus more on the importance of voting than partisan politics.

That’s not to say she’s not supporting Democratic President Barack Obama. Grimes pointed out that she will serve as a pledged delegate to Obama at the Democratic National Convention in September.

But she said as secretary of state she has a role in encouraging as many people to vote as possible.

Grimes waited to commit to speaking at the 132nd annual Fancy Farm picnic because she was trying to decide whether to attend a family member’s birthday party.

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