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Elaine Nogay Walker

Elaine Nogay Walker, American state official, former mayor. Recipient Journalism award for excellence, Best television Editorials, 1989. Member of American Women in Radio and television, Women in Communications, Inc., Women in Public Affairs.

Background

  • Walker, Elaine Nogay was born on August 6, 1951 in Ogden, Utah, United States. Daughter of William Anthony and Mary Agnes (Sagan) Nogay.

  • Education

    • Student, University Maryland., 1969-1972.

    Career

    • Walker currently serves as and, prior to her appointment as Secretary of State, served as the 39th mayor of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Walker, co-owner of Peridot Pictures, hosted a local Public-access television cable TV show for nine years prior to her election as mayor. She was also Chair of the Board for the Bowling Green Public Library, providing services such as the Book-fest co-chair in 2004.

      Historic preservation is one of her personal interests and she has been involved in numerous historical preservation groups. She has been Chair of the Bowling Green Downtown Redevelopment Authority. She was a Hobson House Commission Commissioner.

      She was also a College Hill Historic District Board Member. The mayor Walker succeeded, Sandy Jones, denied requesting that she suspend her hosting duties during the months prior to the election. Originally created by the Mayor to help the almost all new city commissioners and her learn the ropes, these meetings have been significantly shortened as the new commissioners learn about city government and the processes used therein.

      These additional meetings are held in the afternoons prior to the city commission meetings. On January 7, 2011, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced that he would appoint Walker as the new Secretary of State of Kentucky, following Trey Grayson's announcement of resignation. Walker was sworn in on January 29, 2011.

      Walker was a candidate in the May 17, 2011 Kentucky primary election to become the Democratic nominee for a full term as Secretary of State and was defeated by Alison Lundergan Grimes. On December 5, 2011, Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Marcheta Sparrow announced that Walker had been named The appointment became effective January 2, 2012, immediately upon the end of her term as Secretary of State. Walker was honored by the Kentucky State House on January 31 for her work to protect the hours of Park field staff.

      Resolution HR 14 was introduced by Reps. Tanya Pullin and Rick Nelson and adopted by voice vote.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Membership

    President advisory county Retired Senior Volunteer Program, 1989-1991. Secretary Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse Parent-Teachers Association, 1987-1988. Member Mayor's Task Force on Ethics in Charities, board directors California Academy Decathlon.

    Member Women in Public Affairs (chairman 1989), Women in Communications, Inc., American Women in Radio and television.

    Connections

    • Married Charles Dorian Walker. Children: Erin Michelle, Evan Todd.
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    Born August 6, 1951
    (age 66)