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Former Miss America Planning Run for Kentucky Secretary of State


A former Miss America is preparing a walk on Kentucky's political stage.  Heather French Henry is launching a bid for Secretary of State. 

Bob Silverthorn, a spokesman for French Henry, confirmed to WKU Public Radio that she will file for the statewide office on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the secretary of state's office in the Capitol.

The Democrat filed a letter of intent on Jan. 22 with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance to begin fundraising. 

French Henry won the Miss America title in 1999.  She’s the wife of former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry and serves as deputy commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Term limits prevent current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes from seeking re-election.  So far, four candidates have officially filed to run for the office, including Democrat Jason Griffith of Whitesburg.  The three Republicans include Michael Adams of Lyndon, Andrew English of Crestwood, and Carl Nett from Louisville. 

The deadline to appear on this year’s ballot is Tuesday.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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