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Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams easily wins re-election

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams
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Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams

Kentucky’s Secretary of State has won a second four-year term. The Commonwealth’s top election officer pointed to that responsibility as the key to winning re-election.

Louisville lawyer Michael Adams began his remarks by saying, quote, “mission impossible had become mission accomplished.” Adams’ time as secretary of state has included carrying out elections during a pandemic period. And he said state election policies are sound.

 “In just four years, we’ve taken Kentucky from the bottom in election administration to the top. And thanks to your support we’ll continue making it easy to vote and hard to cheat,” said Adams.

Adams won a second term by defeating former Kentucky House member Buddy Wheatley by about 20%. While Democrat Andy Beshear retains his position as governor, Adams was one of five Republicans winning statewide contests.

In his victory speech Adams talked of potential future gains in areas outside of the secretary of state’s office.

“If we can boldly take Kentucky from the bottom to the top in election reform why can’t we do the same with education, with public safety, with quality of life, with social mobility. The answer is…we absolutely can,” said Adams.

Adams said Kentucky has defied the odds and, quote, “political physics” by taking on a polarizing issue of how to vote and making the biggest changes in over a hundred years.

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Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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