Friday, January 6, 2017

76th Kentucky Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes of State

Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes
c/o Office of the Kentucky Secretary of State
Kentucky State Capitol Building
700 Capital Avenue, Suite 152
Frankfort, KY  40601
Dear Secretary Grimes,

My name is Matthew Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan with a strong interest in learning history including public policy. In these subjects, I like to learn the need to make Civil Rights stronger to reduce discrimination,  have government reform to make it work for the people along with reduce corruption in government, and many others. Secretary Grimes, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is because I find your work as 76th Kentucky Secretary of State to be very inspiring to me and explain how I enjoyed your DNC 2016 speech.

In your current role as 76th Kentucky Secretary of State,  I’m very proud on how you are a strong supporter of Civil Rights by advocating for people with disabilities’ rights, supporting funds for women including minorities businesses to help them compete in the economy, and expressing the need for equal pay for women to help protect them from being discriminated in pay.  Keeping address of domestic violence victims confidentially to help protect them from their abusers is common sense to improve public safety and even protect victim’s rights.   On voting rights, I like on how you are an advocate for early voting along with improve voter absentee ballot to help people vote in the election when they can’t make it on election day, keep voter information of domestic violence private from public to reduce crime, and express the need for campaign finance reform along with ethics reform to reduce lobbying groups from donating to campaigns including ban gifts to public officials.   Another thing that I like about your role as Kentucky Secretary of State is how you are an advocate to improve voting process for people in the U.S. military who serve overseas and work with Kentucky General Assembly to pass The Kentucky Military Heroes Voting Initiative laws which allows military members or other voters who served in the military be able to register to vote, update their voter’s registration online, expand extra time for them to vote in special elections, and provide protection for them when they vote.  Besides your role as Kentucky Secretary of State, I’m very proud on how you support women’s right to choose, support the need to improve health care like the Affordable Care Act along with Kynect to help protect people with pre-existing conditions from losing health insurance, and the need to provide small businesses along with companies that want to make American products from high taxes to help the economy. 

Secretary Grimes, I have autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different subjects, sometimes I struggle to communicate my thoughts, and get teased.  Another thing that I struggle with a disability is people use bigotry or prejudice on me. Your commitment to be a strong supporter of Civil Rights and be a supporter of people with disabilities’ rights really inspires me to work hard on my disability.  I enjoyed watching your speech at the DNC 2016 Convention in July because you did a great job explaining your role as Kentucky Secretary of State and emphasized the need to protect women’s rights from being weakened. Also in your speech I really liked your story about how a woman like you got involved in the public policy and how Hilary Clinton made a great impact on you.  Your role as current Kentucky Secretary of State motivates me to continue my interest in learning history, understand the need for ethics reform along with government reform to reduce corruption, and learn the need to make voting rights along with Civil Rights stronger.   My future goal is to someday work in public policy or work in history to help work on different common sense ideas to make society better.

I strongly believe that you make a great difference in your current role on making society, government reform, Civil Rights,  and voting rights stronger.  Also I’m proud on how you are working hard to make a great difference when the political system is difficult or when they aren’t advocates for these common sense ideas. You did an excellent job giving your speech at the DNC 2016 and really had a great message.  Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard when there are political obstacles, and inspiring me.  Please continue to advocate for common sense ideas to make society stronger when there are obstacles.  Have a great Happy New Year.

Matthew B. Winick

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