By John Cheves – firstname.lastname@example.org
FRANKFORT — Lexington lawyer Garland Hale “Andy” Barr IV is the leader in campaign fund-raising among six Central Kentucky Republicans seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, this fall.
The Republican primary is May 18.
Barr raised $411,659 as of March 31, according to the finance report he filed this week with the Federal Election Commission. He had $350,367 cash in hand. Most of that came from individual contributors, 91 percent of whom are Kentuckians, according to the Barr campaign.
“While there are many other important elements of a campaign, a political donation is a strong demonstration of support for a candidate,” Barr said in a statement.
Next in line is Mike Templeman, a retired coal executive in Frankfort, who reported $150,398 raised so far and $72,599 cash in hand. But most of Templeman’s money — $103,500 — comes from contributions and loans from the candidate himself, according to his report. Other individuals and political action committees have given him $46,898.
Matt Lockett of Lexington placed a distant third with $9,420 raised so far and $4,659 cash in hand.
The three other GOP candidates did not have reports filed with the FEC on Friday: Perry Barnes of Nicholasville, George Pendergrass of Georgetown and John Kemper III of Lexington.
Chandler, who faces no Democratic primary opponent, reports more than $1.7 million on hand in his campaign treasury. The general election is Nov. 2.
The 6th Congressional District includes Lexington, Frankfort and most of Central Kentucky.