Kentucky's Chandler draws a GOP rival for 2010 race

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A former staffer of Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced Tuesday that he will seek the Republican nomination for the 6th Congressional District seat.

Garland “Andy” Barr, 36, promised a group of supporters at a Lexington hotel on Tuesday that he would bring fiscal conservative values to Washington D.C. if elected in November 2010.

“The American people deserve better,” Barr said. “They want leaders that will stop spending money that we don’t have.”

The Lexington lawyer is the first Republican to formerly announce his candidacy for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles. Barr formed an exploratory committee in September and had raised more than $185,000 by the end of September. Matt Lockett, a Nicholasville Republican, has also expressed interest in running for the position.

Chandler, a Blue Dog Democrat, voted against the health care bill that passed the House of Representatives over the weekend.

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