Palumbo enters field vying for sixth district Democratic nomination

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The race to try and unseat sixth district Republican Congressman Andy Barr is beginning to take shape with another Democrat entering the field.

Lexington business man Joe Palumbo announced Thursday morning he is a candidate for the Democratic nomination.

"Over the past few months, many folks from across the Commonwealth have asked me to throw my hat in the ring, and I've been humbled and honored to be considered," said Palumbo. "After careful thought and a long conversation with my family, I've decided this is an opportunity to fight partisan gridlock and solve the problems holding our country and region back."

In 2003, Palumbo was named president of his family owned lumberyard and building supply firm.

"Running a small business is a challenge. From providing affordable health care to my employees, to trying to compete with bigger businesses, I understand the challenges people of the 6th District face whether they're working to make ends meet or trying to find work," said Palumbo.

Palumbo, who is the husband of WKYT anchor Jennifer Palumbo, will face Michael Coblenz and Elisabeth Jensen in May 2014 Democratic primary.

Coblenz, a Lexington attorney, announced his candidacy July 12.

"I'm running for Congress for a number of reasons," said Coblenz. "First and foremost, I'm tired of politics being so silly, and campaigns being so condescending. Whatever else I do, I hope to address the problems we face as a nation in a serious, thoughtful, and thorough manner."

In June, Jensen announced she hired a professional consultant team to advise her campaign after filing with the Federal Election Commission.

"When I was growing up, it was simple: hard work and a good education was the path that led the middle class to strength and security," said Jensen who is the executive director of non-profit The Race for Education. "Today, it isn't so easy. I am running to make sure our middle class has a clear path to prosperity once again."

Barr defeated Democrat Ben Chandler last year to win the congressional seat representing Lexington and a large swath of central and eastern Kentucky.

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