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Colmon Elridge III, Governorís Executive Assistant (#433)

At age 27, Elridge is the youngest person in the country to hold the post of executive assistant to a governor and one of the youngest members of the governorís administration. His career in public service began in the seventh grade when he became class president. He went on to win numerous speech tournaments, graduate from Transylvania University, serve as outreach director for the Kentucky Democratic Party, and much more.

In 2007, when then-presidential candidate Barack Obama visited Lexington, his campaign contacted Elridge to introduce him. Elridge revisits the experience and shares the words of advice Obama gave him during their brief meeting. Elridge also discusses minority participation in political office, programs he is currently overseeing, and his personal career goals.

Additionally, Elridge shares some of his family history, including growing up in Cynthiana, the heart-wrenching suicide of his father, and the powerful bond he has with his remaining family members.

Air Dates

Friday, May 8, 2009 at 4:00/3:00 pm CT on KET2

Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET