Secretary of State set up in EKY

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Secretary of State Alison Grimes has been in eastern Kentucky all week in her mobile field office.

Grimes says in order to reach those affected by the March 2 tornados, she needs an office right here in the mountains.

She was here just days after tornados devastated eastern Kentucky but soon realized as secretary of state, Grimes needed to get out of Frankfort to really help those affected.

"We visited Morgan and Magoffin delivering supplies to try to meet the immediate needs of the citizens and realized quite quickly that this was not going to be a sprint, this was going to be a marathon and recovery was going to be a long time in the making," said Grimes.

A marathon she says could take months, even years to get things like businesses back on their feet.

"This is our effort to try to reach out to make sure that the citizens, especially of eastern Kentucky, who were hit hard by the tornados understand that we're here for them," said Grimes.

Businesses are relocating, others are rebuilding, and some are closing their doors. Either way these owners need help from the state.

"Getting to Frankfort is really a rare thing, so her coming up here is a real great effort in giving folks a chance to do their business as far as elections or their taxes or that sort of thing," said Doug Mortimer, a business owner in Salyersville.

Even folks without a business can get assistance from this mobile office also equipped with an elections division providing information on where and how you can vote.

The mobile field office was in West Liberty earlier this week and will be in Salyersville throughout the day.

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