Assistant Secretary of State - Lindsay Hughes Thurston
Assistant Secretary of State Lindsay Hughes Thurston is the office’s chief operating officer. She will represent the Secretary in all official capacities and act on Secretary Grimes’ behalf at her direction or in her absence. Thurston also will manage the office and provide policy analysis for the Secretary.
Previously, Thurston served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Kentucky, where she prosecuted, among other things, child exploitation offenses under the United States Department of Justice’s initiative Project Safe Childhood. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s office, Thurston was an Assistant Fayette County Attorney. Thurston obtained her Bachelor of Arts in political science, graduating cum laude, from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Director of Communications - Bradford Queen
Bradford Queen is the office's Director of Communications, overseeing external and internal communications and serving as the Secretary's spokesperson. He has previously served as Deputy Director of Communications.
Prior to joining Secretary Grimes' staff, Queen was a producer at WKYT-TV in Lexington, working on the Noon team, helping launch the station's 10 a.m. Midmorning broadcast, as well as assisting in production of Kentucky Newsmakers. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Kentucky. Queen is a native of Mt. Sterling and now resides in Lexington.
Director of Administration and Elections - Mary Sue Helm
Mary Sue Helm is the Secretary of State’s Director of Administration and Elections. In her capacity as Director, Helm will manage fiscal and personnel matters, public documents, legal affairs, and special projects and commissions. She will also oversee the divisions responsible for attesting and keeping a register of the official acts of the Governor as well as all candidate filings and certification of the names of candidates to be printed on ballots.
Helm is a 25-year veteran of State government, and she has spent 23 of those years in the Secretary of State’s office. Helm’s history in the Secretary’s office includes serving as the Director of Administration under Secretary Bremer Ehrler and both the Director of Administration and Director of Corporations during Secretary Bob Babbage’s administration. Helm began her tenure as Director of Elections under Secretary Babbage when the position was created in the mid-1990s, and she continued in that capacity under Secretaries John Y. Brown, III, and Trey Grayson. Helm also previously spent four-and-one-half years as the acting Director of the State Board of Elections. Most recently, Helm served as a Special Elections Assistant to the Secretary of State. Originally from Marion County, Helm resides in Lawrenceburg.
Director of Business - Margaret McKay
Margaret McKay is the Executive Director of the Office of Business. McKay oversees the business office and is responsible for managing the office’s online business services, issuing and authenticating business records, and maintaining finance statements. McKay also devotes attention to veterans’ affairs and legislative initiatives related to business and non-profit entities.
Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of State, McKay worked with a real estate law firm and closing company located in Newport, Kentucky. McKay obtained her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Georgetown College and her Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky University.
Deputy Director of Communications - Corey Ann Howard Jackson
Corey Ann Howard Jackson, the Deputy Director of Communications, assists in the office's communications work. Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of State, Jackson worked for more than three years in administrative support and communications capacities for the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources. She also has management, marketing, and customer service experience from her background in the private sector. Jackson obtained her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Georgetown College, graduating magna cum laude and playing on the women's golf team. She earned her Master of Arts in communication from Bellarmine University. Jackson is a native of Frankfort.