Secretary of State | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Secretary of State

The Secretary of State is responsible for providing and preserving a variety of information for the public. It is their duty to help Kentuckians stay informed about their government and the civic process. The Secretary of State is also chief election officer for the commonwealth and chairs the State Board of Elections.

Our current Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, is term limited and therefore ineligible to run.

Heather French Henry is the Democratic candidate. Michael Adams is the Repubican candidate. Both responded to our survey and their answers follow.

Heather French Henry

Political party: Democrat

Campaign website: https://www.heatherfrenchhenrysos.com/

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Campaign Twitter: Twitter

Question 1:

What is your vision for strengthening civic participation in Kentucky? How will our commonwealth be better in four years if you are elected?

Kentucky needs to make civics a required class. The state must partner with our teachers to provide them the tools and programing to educate our students about the impact government has on their community.

Kentucky needs to make it easier to vote. It is important to expand Election Day hours. Too many voters struggle to make it to vote because of other obligations. In addition, the state should extend the early voting period, and require county clerks to stay open on weekends during that early voting period. Kentucky needs to make it easier to vote by mail—what’s better than voting in your pajamas from the comfort of your own home? The Secretary of State’s office should do more across the state to register voters by targeting residents through social media, and holding voter registration drives across the state.

Michael G. Adams

Political party: Republican

Campaign website: http://michaelgadams.com/

Campaign Facebook: Facebook

Campaign Twitter: Twitter

Question 1:

What is your vision for strengthening civic participation in Kentucky? How will our commonwealth be better in four years if you are elected?

I'm running to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat, and to restore Kentuckian's faith in our Secretary of State's office and our election processes. I'll bring my election expertise from having engaged in elections in all 50 states. Four years from now the SOS office will be out of the headlines again, quietly doing its job to cleanly facilitate our elections.