New secretary of state Grimes declares 'the work begins tomorrow'

11/08/2011 09:42 PM

Newly-elected Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes — part of a new youthful movement into statewide offices — pledged to begin work immediately.

Grimes, who turns 33 later this month, defeated Republican Bill Johnson with nearly 61 percent of the vote to 39 percent, according to preliminary results.

“Hope and help is on the way,” Grimes told hundreds of supporters at the Carrick House in Lexington before joining the other Democrats at the Frankfort Convention Center.

She was the top vote-getter among Democrats in the election with 494,811 votes, according to preliminary results. (Republican James Comer — in the agriculture commissioner race — was the highest vote-getter of the night with more than a half-million votes).

  • Alison Lundergan Grimes — 60.55%
  • Bill Johnson — 39.45%

Grimes’ father, former Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Lundergan, introduced his daughter, saying he thought “this is the beginning of a long career” in politics and public service.

Grimes thanked some of her most prominent supporters in attendance — starting with her two grandmothers, who starred with her in Grimes’ popular TV ad.

She also thanked U.S. Rep. Ben Chander, D-Versailles, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, former governors Julian Carroll and Martha Layne Collins and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg.

- Video by Greg Purcifull

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