Lexington Democrat Geoff Young first to file to run for Congress

12/03/2013 05:04 PM

Calling Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr a “tea party extremist,” a retired Lexington engineer filed his candidacy papers on Tuesday to run in the May 20 Democratic primary in Central Kentucky’s 6th District.

Geoffrey M. Young, a Democrat, became the first candidate in the 6th District to file to run — and the first congressional candidate in Kentucky to file paperwork with the secretary of state’s office since the filing period opened on Nov. 6. But he won’t be alone for long.

In addition to Barr who is seeking his second term in Congress, Democrat Elisabeth Jensen, an education advocate from Lexington, has announced her intent to run as has Lexington lawyer Michael Coblenz, a Democrat.

Barr has sidestepped questions about his re-election, saying he’s focused on serving constituents of the 6th District. But he has been actively fundraising and built up a campaign account of more than $780,000 as of Sept. 30.

On Tuesday, Young criticized Barr for voting against the deal brokered in mid-October to reopen the federal government after a 17-day shutdown as well as for Barr’s position on fiscal policy.

“Mr. Barr’s proposed federal budget would add a huge tax burden to Kentucky’s middle-class families, would drive low-income Kentuckians into outright destitution, and would feed the richest 5% of the population,” Young said in a statement announcing his candidacy. “If elected, I will only vote for budgets where (1) the numbers add up correctly, and (2) Kentucky’s working families are not irreversibly harmed.”


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