Lexington Democrat considers challenging Barr

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Associated Press

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 6 at 12:06 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Lexington Democrat who helps needy Kentucky students prepare for college is considering taking on Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr when he comes up for re-election next year.

Elisabeth Jensen, co-founder of The Race For Education, told The Associated Press that she's "very seriously" looking at the 6th District race.

The 48-year-old would be making her first bid for public office, though she has served as a volunteer in the past in the campaigns of Gov. Steve Beshear, state Sen. Robin Webb, state Rep. Susan Westrom and former U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler.

Jensen would be facing a freshman lawmaker if she runs. Barr defeated Chandler last year to win the congressional seat representing Lexington and a large swath of central and eastern Kentucky.

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