Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones will not run for Congress

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones announced on Monday that he will not challenge Republican Representative Andy Barr for the Sixth District.

Jones made the announcement on his radio show Monday morning, and posted it on his blog.

Jones began was thinking about challenging Republican Representative Andy Barr for the Sixth District after being contacted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. At the time, Jones said he'd decide before basketball season begins.

Jones said he went to Washington DC to meet with the DCCC for a couple of days in June.

This summer, Jones said he thought a lot about what his legacy would be and said that public service was something that really appealed to him. On Monday, he said he took this idea "very seriously" and "spent the fall doing my homework, including learning in depth about what being a member of Congress and Congressional campaigns actually entail, the needs of the 6th district and the counties that are within it and the political landscape as a whole that I would be entering."

Jones said he spoke at length with Kentucky politicians to gather insight and advice, chatted with friends and family and even listened to some of his listeners. But he was not going to pursue the "Sixth District seat for personal reasons.

"Were I to have entered the race, it would have been winnable and a chance for me to put forth a platform that I think is desperately needed in this fractured political landscape," Jones wrote. "While I think now more than ever, a person who is willing to put aside political affiliations in order to actually work for the common good is needed, it just isn’t the right time in my life to do it."

Jones went on to say that he loves what he has built at KSR, and said he was not ready "to completely give it up."

He did not rule out a run in the future. Jones said his desire to enter the "political realm" is strong.

"Rick Pitino left UK’s Camelot early in 1997 and ended up finding himself the Coach at UL. I would hate to make the same mistake and find a similar fate," he wrote.

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