Congressman Barr files for re-election

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) filed for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives for the Sixth District of Kentucky on Thursday.

Representative Andy Barr

Barr has served Kentucky's 6th congressional district since 2013. He is seeking his fourth term in Washington.

The district had traditionally been a Democratic seat. But since 1979, it has flipped five times between the two major political parties, most recently when Barr ousted Democrat Ben Chandler in 2012.

While re-filing, Barr touted what he considered his most recent accomplishments in office, like helping to pass the recent tax reform bill, and ending the war on coal.

Barr said he would like to continue his work on an infrastructure bill that focuses on improving roads and bridges. He also said he wants to continue his fight against the nation's opioid crisis.

There are five Democratic candidates looking to challenge Barr in the general election.

Barr said the number of challengers looking to run against him doesn't reflect his time in Congress.

"I don't think that reflects on my work in congress I think that's totally independent I think there is energy there certainly but I think it more
has to do with the left interest in the president and less about me," Barr said.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, State Senator Reggie Thomas, retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Amy McGrath, Geoff Young, and Theodore David Green will face off in the May primary.

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