FRANKFORT Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a family friend of Hillary Clinton, has been tapped to speak next week at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to represent our Commonwealth and the South at the Democratic convention next week," Grims said. "I'm excited to be on the national stage supporting a woman I've known for over two decades, a woman who is both a friend and a role model. Hers is a story that is inspiring not just to me but to all who share her values and respect her for the fights she has taken on behalf of all Americans. Unlike what we have seen the past week in Cleveland, Hillary Clinton has a vision for a stronger, more unified America and I'm honored to be there for Hillary."
Grimes, of Lexington, frequently campaigned with Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, last spring during Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary.
Her father, Lexington businessman and former state Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Lundergan, has been a longtime friend of former President Bill Clinton and his wife.
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The Democratic National Convention Committee and Hillary for America confirmed Grimes’ speaking role in the convention. Details of the Maysville native’s speaking engagement have not yet been finalized.
A news release from the convention committee and Clinton’s campaign said “leaders from across the country will speak about their support for Clinton’s vision of an America that is stronger together and where the economy works for everyone, not just those at the top.”
Grimes, an attorney, is serving her second term as Kentucky’s secretary of state. She lost a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2014 against Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell of Louisville.
McConnell and state Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, were speakers this week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.