When Democrat Matt Jones, a popular Kentucky sports radio host, announced he would not challenge Republican Rep. Andy Barr for re-election, fears rose within the Democratic Party's ranks that it might just forget about making a run for the district it held as recently as 2012.
But on Thursday, only five days before the filing deadline there, Kentucky Democrats have finally found a candidate. Nancy Jo Kemper, a 65-year-old United Church of Christ minister from Lexington, said she will trade one pulpit for another — a political one — to take on the second-term lawmaker this year. “It started as a wild idea,” she said, but as she thought about it more, she concluded that, in this year that has brought success to other political outsiders, voters might just give a non-politician like her a chance. “I’m rooted with a lot of passion and a lot of energy. I didn’t see anybody stand up, so I said, 'Why not?'”