Michael G. Adams

(FRANKFORT, KY) January 11 – Declaring “I’m running to make it easy to vote, and hard to cheat,” Paducah native and prominent Republican election attorney Michael G. Adams formally launched his 2019 campaign for Kentucky Secretary of State in remarks at the Kentucky State Capitol.

Adams highlighted his extensive experience as a trusted hand guiding a national political committee, candidates around the country, and high-level federal and state officials on compliance with election laws and ethics laws, which makes him arguably the most qualified candidate ever to seek the office of Secretary of State. “The Secretary of State’s primary role is running our elections and ensuring compliance with election laws. Suffice it to say, this is a detail-oriented job, and requires someone with expertise and preparation, as well as character. It’s not a place for unserious candidates, or on-the-job training. With all humility, I believe I’m the best qualified person, of either party, for this position.”

Offering some of his platform, Adams embraced and promised to fight for a Photo ID law for Kentucky elections, one tailored toward concerns raised by Democrats: “Photo ID is a common-sense reform that’s been adopted by our neighboring states Indiana, Tennessee and Virginia have, as well as other states around the country. It’s been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. To address legitimate concerns about discrimination, I’ll also work to include funding so that any person qualified to vote who can’t afford an ID can get one for free.”

Adams offered to draw on his experience in all 50 states’ elections to introduce best practices, better train election workers, and improve cybersecurity. He also promised to work with, not against, the White House and to leverage his relationships there to help Kentucky. Finally, Adams pledged to be a voice and advocate for neglected Western Kentucky.

Since announcing his intent to run last February, Adams has made campaign appearances in 67 counties and lost 12 pounds on the Lincoln Day Diet. He is the first in his family to obtain a bachelor’s degree (University of Louisville, 1998) and attended Harvard Law School (J.D., 2001) on low-income aid. More biographical information may be found at and

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