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Grimes to Discuss Brent Spence Bridge at Covington Forum

Last year, Alison Lundergan Grimes put a heavy emphasis on the Brent Spence Bridge during her campaign as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator.

In November, she lost to now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by a wide margin.

Now, seeking reelection to her post as Secretary of State, Grimes returns to Covington with a similar message.

“The Brent Spence Bridge in Northern Kentucky must be replaced, not just for transportation purposes, but for business as well,” said Grimes. “I hope this meeting will emphasize how important the bridge is to the region’s economy and renew the call to our General Assembly to provide funding for this vital project.

The meeting, scheduled for Friday, August 21, at 1:30 p.m. at Braxton Brewing Company (27 West 7th Street, Covington), will focus on the bridge and "other pressing economic issues", according to a news release from Grimes's office.

“During my campaign last year, I laid out a plan for a new bridge, without tolls, paid for by closing tax loopholes for billionaires. That would have worked, but one way or another, we must build this bridge, and we must get started quickly. Economic growth in the Northern Kentucky-Cincinnati region – and indeed in all of Kentucky and many other states – depends on completing this bridge project.”

Grimes said as early as January, 2014 that she opposed tolls to finance the estimated $2.7 billion project when she spoke in Covington. She repeated her position during a campaign stop at her Covington headquarters last September. In June, she and McConnell each released their competing plans to fund the bridge without tolls. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Grimes in Covington weeks before the election to call for the bridge project to move forward. That message was later highlighted in a TV ad promoting Grimes's campaign.

The meeting in Covington is the fourth stop on Grimes’ “Kentucky Means Business” listening tour, which is helping to shape a plan to foster further economic growth in the Commonwealth. The next forum will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, August 21, at Braxton Brewing Company in Covington and will be followed by a tour of the state-of-the-art facility.

Grimes faces former Erlanger City Councilman Stephen Knipper, the Republican nominee, in November's election. This tour, however, is not part of Grimes's campaign but rather her work as Secretary of State, she said.

“This tour isn’t about pushing an agenda,” said Grimes. “It’s about getting feedback from those who are on the front lines of economic development and creating an agenda that accurately reflects the needs of new and existing businesses.”

Following the forum, Grimes will tour Braxton Brewing’s state-of-the-art facility. 

“Braxton is on the cutting edge of micro-brewing,” said Grimes. “I’m excited to see how they are taking advantage of modern phenomena like crowdfunding, social media, and new technologies and look forward to exploring ways we can put those concepts to work for other Kentucky businesses.”

-Staff report