Election 2019 Two Minute Sit-Downs: Secretary of State Candidate Michael G. Adams


McCracken County native Michael G Adams says he knew he had a knack for politics early on watching his heroes such as Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp and other Republican leaders. At the young age of 16, the Kentuckian volunteered for Bush/Quayle ’92 campaign and got hooked.

Adams explained his background in his two minute sit-down, and says he was the first college graduate on either side of his family. His studies continued at Harvard Law School, with the goal to become an election lawyer for Republicans.

After working for Sen. McConnell, Gov. Fletcher and President George W. Bush’s Justice Department, Adams was named General Counsel for the Republican Governors Association, and for the last 11 years has helped them compete in governors’ races in all 50 states.

Adams says he has even had the distinct responsibility to represent Vice President Mike Pence’s political committee, the National Federation of Republican Women, among others.

During his interview, Adams elaborated on his platform and said that he is the most qualified to be the chief election official in the state of Kentucky. He says that with all the turmoil with the current administration that there is a lot of cleaning up to do in the office of Secretary of State. Adams adds that the voter roles have not been maintained as required by law, so there is a lot of work to do that he is up for the task of remedying.

The biggest issue, Adams says, is that there is no photo ID requirement when it is time to vote, and that needs to be fixed and the standards should stay the same across the Commonwealth.

Adams goes on to say during his two minute sit-down that some of the other 7 candidates running for the office do not seem to have a handle on the role of the office itself, and he says some of the real credit goes to the Governor when it comes to business roles in Kentucky, who Adams promises he would work with if elected.