By CALIESHA COMLEY
The Georgetown campus community is excited to welcome Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to campus this Thursday, Oct. 25. At 11 a.m. in the Ward Room of the LRC, Grimes will encourage students to vote by addressing the importance and power of voting and how it is able to change the world around us.
Secretary Grimes is a native of Maysville, Ky. and has grown up politically engaging Kentucky precincts and counties to ensure that Kentucky residents have the information and access necessary to vote on Election Day. Her life, she claims, has been devoted to public service, and she continues to achieve this goal by empowering the public to vote.
The Secretary of State is designated as the chief Election Officer of the Commonwealth and serves as the chairperson of the State Board of Elections. Grimes oversees the elections and the election process and works to combat voter fraud.
Before becoming Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Grimes received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. And later served there as a trustee to the Board of Directors. She also obtained a law degree, graduating with honors, from American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C. Grimes was elected to the office of Secretary of State in 2011. According to the Secretary of State website, she has spent her time learning about the issues that “confront Kentuckians and listening to their ideas” to improve the state as she reaffirms her commitment to “creating jobs, encouraging business growth, promoting civics education and increasing participation in elections.”
This Thursday, Grimes will encourage students to vote, regardless of candidate. It is a non-partisan event that will motivate students from all affiliations or lack thereof to exercise their right and duty to vote. Engaging students in the political process is a goal of Grimes. Join her as she focuses on embracing the power of voting as a means to changing our community, state and nation.