Personnel changes in secretary of state’s office


FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced some changes in her office staff on Friday with the addition of two people to her communications department.

Lillie Ruschell of Lexington is coming from Kentucky Educational Television, where she has served in several roles for KET, primarily in public affairs and for the magazine program, Kentucky Life. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media.

“I am thrilled to welcome Lillie to my office. Her love for our commonwealth and her talent telling Kentucky stories will be an asset as we inform Kentuckians and the broader public about the impact of our work, from elections to business to civic engagement at the Secretary of State’s office,” Grimes said.

She will replace Bradford Queen, who is leaving the first of the year to pursue a career in real estate, something he has said he always wanted to do.

“Bradford has been a key member of my team and I am thankful for his service to Kentucky,” Grimes said.  “During his tenure, we have successfully launched historic elections and business initiatives due to his hard work. We are all delighted for Bradford as he moves on to pursue other passions.”

Grimes also announced Taylor Dale Clark will join her communications team to serve as deputy director of communications. Clark, a native of Ashland and graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media, has served in the office as executive assistant since 2017.

“Taylor is an engaging spirit and a natural communicator. As I approach the last year of my tenure as Secretary of State, there is much still to accomplish on behalf of all Kentuckians,” Grimes said. “My team and I are excited for the work ahead and look forward to a productive 2019.”

Grimes is term-limited, so she cannot seek re-election as secretary of state in 2019.  While she has expressed an interest in running for governor, the next and perhaps most life-changing event in her life is expected to take place later this month as she and her husband are expecting their first child.


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Congratulations on the anticipated birth of your first child. I wish you and your husband the best. I realize it is still a year away, but you will be missed when you complete this term in office. You have been an outstanding Secretary of State. You have not participated in identity politics to move Kentucky forward. Your independence has been a breath of fresh air. I feel you would maintain your independence as Governor of this great state.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

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