Elisabeth Jensen officially enters 6th Congressional District race

December 17, 2013 | | Comments 0

Democrat Elisabeth Jensen of Lexington

Democrat Elisabeth Jensen of Lexington

By Jack Brammer

FRANKFORT – Democrat Elisabeth Jensen of Lexington made her campaign for Central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District official Tuesday.

Jensen, director of the Lexington-based Race for Education, filed her campaign papers with the secretary of state’s office to run for the seat next year.

Signing her papers were state Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, and her campaign treasurer, Laura D’Angelo.

Jensen hopes to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, who captured the seat in 2012 from Democrat Ben Chandler.

The 19-county district includes Lexington.

Jensen is making her first run for public office. She is a 2011 graduate of Emerge Kentucky, a leadership class designed to encourage more Democratic women to run for public office.

She has volunteered in campaigns for several Democratic candidates, including Gov. Steve Beshear and Chandler. She was an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

A native of Indiana, Jensen has spent the past decade leading Race for Education, a nonprofit that provides scholarships and focuses on literacy and other education initiatives, including financial literacy for college students.

Before starting Race for Education, Jensen worked for WinStar Farm, Walt Disney Corp. and Gitano, a jeans company. She has a degree in design and merchandising from what is now the Wood Tobé-Coburn School in New York.

Retired Lexington engineer Geoff Young filed to seek the Democratic nomination on Dec. 3. Young worked for 13 years as an assistant director in what is now called the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence. He has a bachelors degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He also has a master’s degree in agriculture economics from the University of Kentucky.

Lexington attorney Michael L. Coblenz said Tuesday he is considering entering the race as a Democrat.

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