Grimes’ 50-county tour makes stop in Martin

Aaron K. Nelson anelson@civitasmedia.com

May 15, 2014

MARTIN — Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for Mitch McConnell’s U.S. Senate seat, paid a visit to the town of Martin on Tuesday to meet with, speak to, and even help cook breakfast for her Eastern Kentucky supporters.

An enthusiastic Grimes greeted those who had gathered at the Martin Dairy Queen to welcome her, including Ky. Sen. Johnny Ray Turner and Floyd County sheriff candidate Brandon Spencer.

Once inside, Grimes got into the kitchen and got to work. Rather than simply posing for a photo, she took a real interest in actually preparing the food and operating the ordering system.

Her work behind the counter dovetailed with her message. She spoke with patrons and employees about her Kentucky Jobs Action Plan, a comprehensive outline of policy changes that include raising the minimum wage, expanding broadband Internet coverage in Eastern Kentucky, and providing job-creating capital to communities affected by coal mining layoffs, among numerous other points.

“We’re excited to be back here, especially in Floyd County,” Grimes said. “We launched our Jobs Tour at the beginning of the year here in Floyd County at the Mountain Arts Center, and we’re back and continuing the conversation as to how we are ready for a change. After 30 years of failed leadership, Eastern Kentucky is ready for someone who has a vision and most importantly a plan as to how we put hard-working Eastern Kentuckians back to work.”