Coblenz drops out of 6th Congressional District Democratic primary

01/21/2014 08:57 AM

Democrat Michael Coblenz announced Tuesday that he was ending his bid for the the Democratic nomination and praised candidate Elisabeth Jensen as an “outstanding candidate” to challenge freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Lexington.

Coblenz, a patent lawyer in Lexington, said his mother death in August factored into his decision not to run.

“This took a great deal of time, and considerable emotional energy, and made it difficult to engage in the fundraising and networking necessary to lay the foundation of a successful congressional campaign. Therefore I will not file the paperwork with the Kentucky Secretary of State for the Democratic Primary in the 6th District and am ending my campaign,” he said.

Coblenz said fellow Democrat Elisabeth Jensen “is an outstanding Democratic candidate to challenge Representative Barr.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to meet Elisabeth Jensen on a number of occasions and she is intelligent, articulate, and compassionate. She is committed to helping the people of the Sixth Congressional District and all of Kentucky. She has my deep respect, admiration, and unwavering support,” Coblenz said.

In Jensen’s first six months of campaigning, she has raised nearly $250,000 cash-on-hand.

Democrat Geoff Young has also filed paperwork to run in the Democratic primary.

Barr’s latest campaign finance report has not yet become public on the Federal Election Commission website.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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