RE: Geoff Young for U.S. House in 2014.
August 13, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Kentucky Green Party has named its candidate to run against US Representative Andy Barr in Kentucky's 6th Congressional District next year. Geoffrey M. Young of Lexington is entering an already-crowded field. Three political newcomers, Elisabeth Jensen, Michael Coblenz, and Joe Palumbo, have started campaigning for the Democratic primary next May.
Mr. Young is an energy efficiency expert who retired from 13 years at the Kentucky Division of Energy to work in politics full time. His 2012 attempt to unseat State Representative Stan Lee (R-Lexington) helped bring up important issues that would otherwise have been avoided.
Mr. Young promises an aggressive campaign. "Andy Barr voted to allow the NSA to keep spying on law-abiding Americans who use the phone or internet," he said. "While I will propose to cut $300 billion of waste in the military and intelligence budgets, Barr's budget plan leaves a gap of $5.7 Trillion over ten years that will have to be covered in some unspecified way."
Kris Smoot, a member of the party's Executive Committee, added, "In his short tenure in Washington, Congressman Barr has shown little regard for our civil liberties and for the basic needs of the women and children of Kentucky. He is unwilling to shrink the bloated federal defense budget, money which could be used to fund schools and invest in cleaner technologies."
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