The Chatter: Grimes names spokeswoman; New candidate declares for 4th Congressional District

01/09/2012 12:46 PM

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Monday named Lynn Sowards Zellen of Lexington her Communications Director.

Zellen worked as a business litigation attorney, advocating for clients before courts across the Commonwealth, including the Kentucky Supreme Court, according to a press release.

Grimes also appointed Terrell E. Renfro to be the Secretary’s Legislative Liaison and Special Assistant to the Director of Communications. Previously, Renfro served as chief assistant to former Kentucky Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo.

Former La Grange Mayoral Candidate to run for 4th Congressional seat

Brian D. Oerther, a Jefferson County School teacher and former candidate for mayor of La Grange, announced his intent to run for the Republican nomination for the open 4th Congressional District seat.

Oerther finished third in the La Grange mayoral primary in 2010 after initially saying he wanted to run for U.S. Senate.

Oerther told Pure Politics in an email that as Congressman he would, “… introduce legislation to reduce the size of government. I will fight to bring jobs to Kentucky and our District to help reduce the current unemployment rates. I will work to repeal the current legislation that threatens our coal companies and introduce legislation which will help decrease energy costs and lead to energy independence.”

Brian says he’s an everyday, hard-working man and soccer coach from Oldham County.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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