By Beth Musgrave
FRANKFORT — A Democratic candidate for Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District announced Wednesday that she has hired a team of consultants to help her try to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Lexington.
Elisabeth Jensen, who filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission last week to run in the 19-county district that includes Lexington, has tapped some well-known Democratic operatives to help with her campaign.
Jensen, who runs the Lexington-based Race for Education and is a former Walt Disney executive, has scheduled her first fundraiser for July 8. Jensen, 48, is the first Democratic candidate to announce that she will challenge Barr in the 2014 race.
Barr, a Lexington lawyer, unseated Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler in 2012 after losing to Chandler in the 2010 race.
Jensen’s team includes:
- Celinda Lake and Daniel Gottoff of Lake Research Partners, which will conduct polling. Lake worked with U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, former Auditor Crit Luallen and House Speaker Greg Stumbo when he was attorney general.
- David Eichenbaum of Struble Eichenbaum Communications, who produced Gov. Steve Beshear’s campaign advertisements.
- Carol Andrews, Matt Bricken and GregTalmage of Grindstone Research LLP, a research and strategy consulting firm. Andrews worked for former Finance and Administration Secretary Jonathan Miller during his run for governor in 2007.
- Laura D’Angelo, a partner at Dinsmore & Shol, will serve as campaign treasurer