Republican Mike Templeman is kicking off his advertising campaign to capture Central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District seat with a TV spot that that promises “our best days lay ahead.”
The 30-second spot will begin airing Thursday, said campaign manager Jonathan Barger. He declined to say how much the campaign is spending to air the ad, what TV stations it will appear on or how long it will run.
The ad, which Templeman narrates, starts by declaring that Washington is broken and that politicians “stand in the way of progress.”
“People are sending a message to Washington that they want change,” he says. “They want the government to stop spending and they want the number one priority to be to get our people back to work.”
Templeman, who retired last September as chief executive officer of Energy Coal Resources and now owns a farm in Franklin County, does not identify himself as a Republican but promises “conservative leadership.”
Three other Republicans are seeking the GOP’s nomination: Andy Barr of Lexington, Perry Wilson Barnes of Nicholasville and Matt Lockett of Lexington. The district, which includes Lexington, is represented by Democrat Ben Chandler of Woodford County.
Templeman didn’t announce his intention to run for the seat until Jan. 26. Barr reported last month that he had raised $118,652 in the fourth quarter of 2009, bringing his total to $304,851.62 since entering the race last year.
Andy Hightower, a campaign spokesman for Barr, had no comment about when it will launch a TV ad.
“Andy continues to be encouraged by strong recognition from the National Republican Congressional Committee, successful fund raising, and a growing list of endorsements from a broad spectrum of community, GOP and business leaders,” Hightower said.
– John Stamper