Special to the Register
Alison Grimes’s grandmother, Elsie Case, along with Alison’s mother, Charlotte Lundergan, were surprise guests for the Madison County Democratic Women’s Club picnic Sept. 9.
Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state, is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
Case and Grimes’ other grandmother, Thelma Lundergan McHugh, were featured in a popular television advertisement during Grimes’ campaign for her current office. Mrs. McHugh died in June.
The annual picnic, a memorial for Betsy Cochran, took place at Richmond’s Lake Reba Park and drew an attendance of about 100.
The Madison County Sheriff’s honor guard presented the state and national colors, and members of the the Madison Central High School Chorus sang the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Several local Democratic office holders spoke. They were: Jailer Doug Thomas, Magistrate Larry Combs, County Attorney Marc Robbins, Circuit Court Clerk Darlene Snyder and state Rep. Rita Smart.
Joey Taylor, who is running for state representative in the new district that will include southern Madison County, also spoke, as did Steve Tussey, candidate for jailer, and Elisabeth Jensen, sixth district candidate for Congress.
Other guests included Richmond City Commissioner Robert Blythe, former commissioner Jason Morgan, Circuit Judge Jean Logue, District Judge Earl-Ray Neal, former circuit court clerk Linda Cates, former magistrate Forniss R. Park, former sheriff Dude Cochran and former Richmond mayor Bill Strong.
Several previous candidates for local offices and a delegation from the Clark County Democratic Women’s Club also attended.