Jensen seeks to paint herself as 'moderate' and expects to need $750k in 6th Dist. Democratic primary

08/12/2013 11:22 AM

Since announcing her candidacy for Congress in June, Lexington Democrat Elisabeth Jensen has raised her expectation of how much it will take to win her party’s nomination now that two other candidates have entered the race.

Jensen, who first entered the contest in mid-June , will face Lexington patent attorney Michael Coblenz and the president of a Lexington lumber company Joe Palumbo in the primary. With the added challengers Jensen says she is primarily focused on raising money.

“I’m guessing we’ll probably need $750,000 for a good primary,” Jensen told Pure Politics before a Paducah labor luncheon during the Fancy Farm weekend. She was the only one of the three Democrats to attend the Fancy Farm-related events in far western Kentucky.

When she first entered the race Jensen estimated she would need to raise more than $1 million to take on Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr during the general election should she win the primary.

Jensen is describing herself in the primary as a moderate who is socially liberal and mostly fiscally conservative.

Over the past five years, Jensen has been active in Kentucky Democratic politics. She has volunteered for Democratic campaigns in Central Kentucky and graduated in 2011 from Emerge Kentucky, the program aimed at training Democratic women for political leadership posts. Jensen was also a delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012.

Jensen said the sequester cuts from Washington D.C. have “hurt a lot of people” and that the cuts could have been better had congressional delegates made “smarter choices.”

“Our Congress should not be all or nothing. The job of Congress is to work together and to do the right thing for the American people – not to be the be all end all decision maker,” Jensen said.

She also answered questions on hot button issues like food stamps and the GOP led push to ban abortion.

“I think that abortion should always be safe, legal, and rare. And it’s something that should be personal between her family and her theology,” Jensen said. “I really don’t think it should be a government issue.”

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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