Secretary of State Grimes will run on her record in re-election bid

05/27/2015 05:15 PM

LEXINGTON — After coming up well short of knocking off U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is looking at her re-election bid as an interview for the job, and not a personal contest.

Grimes faces GOP nominee Steve Knipper in the fall Election and she says she will rely on her experience in the office and focus on jobs in the General Election campaign.

“It’s an office where I have a record of success,” Grimes told Pure Politics in Lexington on Wednesday. “Whether it be helping to have started over 100,000 new businesses since I’ve been Secretary of State or helping to break down the barriers to our ballot box. The record that we have is delivering for the people of Kentucky.”

Grimes says that her resolve to help Kentuckians is stronger after her unsuccessful U.S. Senate run against McConnell. She said the one thing that the experience did was to allow her passion for the state to grow.

“The work that we did over the course of the past two years only made that resolve stronger,” Grimes said. “To know from north, south, east to west, the people of the state, they’re worth fighting for and, most importantly, being in public service, it’s worth it to hopefully help deliver some great things for the people of Kentucky.

Grimes was in Lexington on Wednesday to visit the Lexington headquarters of Birtley Industrial Equipment Corporation. Birtley, a manufacturer of advanced coal preparation products, was the first Chinese manufacturer to locate in Kentucky, investing approximately $10 million and creating as many as 50 new full-time jobs.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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