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Representative Imes presented 2021 County Advocate Award

Grace Clark, Communications Associate
Rep. Mary Beth Imes has been presented a 2021 County Advocate award by the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo).

Rep. Mary Beth Imes has been presented a 2021 County Advocate award by the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo). 

Rep. Imes, who represents Calloway County and a portion of Trigg County, was selected as a recipient for her steadfast efforts to strengthen counties across Kentucky and her dedication to collaborating with counties to move the Commonwealth forward.

During the 2021 session, Rep. Imes worked to ensure that the partnership between Kentucky’s state and local governments remains strong and balanced. 

She was a sponsor of legislation to save tax dollars by consolidating multiple audits of each sheriff’s tax settlements into a single audit. This legislation has helped to support a more efficient, cost-effective system of auditing in county governments. 

She co-sponsored bills on important county issues including: broadband funding for all underserved and unserved areas of the state; a bipartisan election bill; and increased transportation funding for counties.  

“Our constituents are served best when all levels of their government - state, local and federal - work together,” Representative Imes said. “I’m honored to receive this award and to have a good working relationship with KACo.”

KACo Director of Government Affairs Shellie Hampton and Associate Director of Government Affairs Gracie Lagadinos presented the award to Representative Imes on behalf of county officials across Kentucky. 

“We are grateful for the insight Rep. Imes brings to the legislature, specifically bringing a rural, West Kentucky perspective to the county conversation,” said KACo CEO/Executive Director Jim Henderson. “It’s an honor to recognize her for her work in the 2021 session to improve accounting procedures for our county sheriffs.”

The County Advocate award is being presented to legislators who supported counties throughout the 2021 session by sponsoring or shepherding legislation that helps counties continue to provide services without unfunded mandates or limiting home rule.

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