Joe Palumbo running for Democratic nomination for 6th Congressional District

07/18/2013 11:25 AM

Joe Palumbo, president of Palumbo Lumber of Lexington, said Thursday he will run for Congress in Central Kentucky’s 6th District for the chance to take on freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr.

Palumbo announced his candidacy in an email Thursday morning.

“Over the past few months, many folks from across the Commonwealth have asked me to throw my hat in the ring, and I’ve been humbled and honored to be considered,” Palumbo said in the statement. “After careful thought and a long conversation with my family, I’ve decided this is an opportunity to fight partisan gridlock and solve the problems holding our country and region back. I look forward to the weeks and months ahead. I look forward to running a campaign that puts the needs of our communities above the petty and partisan politics that have come to dominate our political system. Most of all, I look forward to doing the hard work Congress has failed to do.”

Palumbo enters the Democratic primary for Congress with the highest name ID of candidates so far. The Palumbo family name is well-known in Lexington because of the business. His mother, Rep. Ruth Ann Palumbo of Lexington, is the longest-serving woman in the state House. And his wife, Jennifer Nime Palumbo is a well-known Lexington news anchor.

Other Democrats, Elisabeth Jensen and lawyer Michael Coblenz , have announced their candidacies in recent weeks. Jensen raised more than $74,000 in the last two weeks of June, according to her FEC report.

Palumbo first confirmed to Pure Politics in March that he was considering the race and was being encouraged by Democrats to run.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He has covered politics for more than 10 years, including 7 years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Follow Ryan on Twitter @cn2Alessi. Ryan can be reached at 502-792-1135 or


  • Waybert17 wrote on July 20, 2013 10:59 PM :

    I guess it’s understandable, with this economy, why Mr. Palumbo needs another job?

  • Cumberland Gap wrote on July 22, 2013 10:34 AM :

    A successful business executive who understands we need a prosperous and growing middle class to boost our economy. What an important and ideal candidate for central Kentucky!

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