FRANKFORT — Retired coal executive Mike Templeman is running for Congress with no apologies for a career that includes bankruptcies, debt lawsuits, unpaid taxes and environmental messes left by his strip-mining companies in Appalachia.
Until this month, there was a pending criminal summons for Templeman in Franklin District Court. He faced a contempt-of-court charge for skipping a 2009 hearing about an old, boarded-up house he's allowing to deteriorate, to the dismay of Frankfort officials who want him to repair it.
After the Herald-Leader asked him about the summons, his attorney arranged for it to be recalled. A new hearing is set for March 30.
Templeman, 62, says voters this year are angry enough to elect someone like him who fights the government.
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"You send me to Congress and I've had all these life experiences," said Templeman, one of six Republicans competing in the May 18 primary to challenge U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, in November. Chandler has no Democratic opponent.
"I've had some successes and I've had some failures," Templeman said in a recent interview at his hilltop farm overlooking the state Capitol. "I think that's what we need in Washington. I think your failures can educate you more than your successes."
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