Joe Graviss looks to run for secretary of state in 2011

05/20/2010 06:54 AM

Joe Graviss

Joe Graviss, a Versailles Democrat who owns and operates eight McDonalds restaurants, filed paperwork Wednesday with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance announcing his intent to raise money to run for secretary of state in 2011.

Graviss has frequently been mentioned as a candidate for the office. But he said he waited until after Tuesday’s May primary because he served as treasurer for Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo’s bid for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination. Mongiardo narrowly lost the race to Attorney General Jack Conway.

Graviss said Mongiardo is supporting him, and he’s not aware of other Democrats who are seriously considering the race. Maintaining transparency and good customer service, he said, will be his priorities for the position.

“John Y. Brown III and Trey Grayson have done good jobs leading that office,” Graviss said of the last two secretaries of state. Grayson will have to leave the office at the end of  2010 because he is term-limited.

Graviss, a strong backer of Gov. Steve Beshear during the 2007 governor’s race, currently serves on the Council on Postsecondary Education. He said he’s still reviewing whether he will have to step down from the council once he formally files to run with the Board of Elections in November.

Graviss has run for office before. He lost the 2004 Democratic primary for the 7th state Senate district against former Gov. Julian Carroll.

- Ryan Alessi


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