Congressman Andy Barr touts outreach in reelection bid against Elisabeth Jensen

10/22/2014 10:09 AM

VERSAILLES — In the 6th Congressional District, former Disney consumer products executive and founder of several non-profits in the state is attempting to knock off freshman U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, a Republican from Lexington.

Democratic 6th district Congressional candidate Elisabeth Jensen announced her run for the seat against Barr in June of 2013 , however she has struggled to keep pace with Barr financially and has not attracted support from Washington Democratic organizations.

However, Jensen feels that if elected her past business experience will allow her to be an effective congresswoman for the constituents of the district.

“I’m a small businesswoman, I run an educational non-profit that I started about 12 years ago,” said Jensen. “I think we need people in Washington with real world experience, we need someone who knows what it means to meet a bottom line, who knows what it means to be responsible for outcomes and for goals and be responsible for what it takes to get to those goals.”

Barr won the House seat 2012 when he defeated former incumbent U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler after narrowly being defeated by Chandler in the 2010 election.

A major point in Barr’s campaign against Chandler was that the Democrat did not spend enough time in the district — something Barr says he won’t be accused of doing.

Barr says constituents in the district have appreciated his accessibility initiative which he was able to institute in his first two years in office which includes surveys, e-newsletters as well as meeting with constituents at home.

“We hold mobile office hours in all 19 counties of the 6th Congressional District at least once a month,” said Barr. We do tele-town hall meetings, even when I’m in Washington. We get on the phone and let our constituents weigh in and give us their views. We do live town hall meetings.”

Recent polls also show Jensen down double digits in the race to Barr even though registration leans 61 percent Democratic.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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