Underdog Nancy Jo Kemper brings bark to 6th Dist. campaign, issues

09/05/2016 08:47 PM

Despite being heavily outraised in campaign donations, Democratic 6th Congressional District candidate Nancy Jo Kemper expects the political climate will help deliver a victory for her against two-term U.S. Rep. Andy Barr.

Kemper is an anomaly in Kentucky politics, at 73-years old she’s taken up her first political campaign. She’s also a grandmother and minister who has taken leave from the church to pursue the Congressional campaign, and Kemper would make history if elected to federal office in the commonwealth.

“It really is a kind of an extension for everything I’ve ever tried to do with my life,” Kemper said about her run for Congress. “Which is to mend what’s torn in people’s lives, and to fix what’s broken in institutions and in society. And to create communities of care and hope. It seems to me that’s a good definition, leaving out the religious dimension of what government ought to be about as well.”

The Lexington Democrat has not shied away from going on the attack against her opponent, casting Barr as a “country-club kid” out-of-touch with working class families in the district.

Kemper went in depth with Pure Politics on issues ranging from gun control, bank regulations, Medicare, under employment and pervasive poverty, the coal industry, and presidential politics in the interview below.

Kemper and Barr are scheduled to debate one another on KET on Monday, Oct. 24.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, 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 the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.




  • Geoff Young wrote on September 06, 2016 08:19 AM :

    Good interview that focused on important issues. Rev. Kemper has already agreed to participate in a panel debate on “Foreign Policy, War and Peace” on September 30, along with Ken Moellman of the Libertarian Party and Bernadene Zennie of the Green Party. The 3 candidates who haven’t committed yet are Rand Paul, Jim Gray, and Andy Barr. The main sponsor, the Central Kentucky Council for Peace & Justice, is allowing them to send a surrogate if they’re too busy that evening. Barr has no excuse to duck this opportunity to inform the people of the 6th District about his positions on those critical issues. I hope CN|2 will broadcast and record the whole debate.

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