Middlesboro native Matthew Jones, founder and host of Kentucky Sports Radio, has confirmed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has asked him to consider running in next year’s 6th Congressional District race against U.S. Rep. Andy Barr. The 6th District contains the cities of Lexington and suburbs, Richmond and Frankfort.
Jones has made no decision yet. He said he is thinking about the Washington campaign group’s request and weighing the pros and cons. He went to Washington D.C. and met with committee officials and he has broached the topic of his running for office with his radio audience.
“The folks from Washington reached out to me and asked me to think about it and that’s what I’m doing,” said Jones. “I haven’t even come close to a decision yet, but I am considering it. Weighing, you know — is it the right time for me to do this or perhaps something I want to do later in life, and right now I don’t know. That is kind of what I’m thinking about.”
A graduate of Transylvania University and Duke law school, Jones entered into the political arena last year during the U.S. Senate race questioning Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. This year he hosted a live Republican primary debate on his radio show and was then asked in May to serve as emcee at this year’s Fancy Farm political picnic in Graves County.
“I love Middlesboro, that’s my home, I grew up there and it’s one of my favorite places in the world. I have a strong connection to Middlesboro and no matter what I do, whether I stay in radio or decide to enter politics — Middlesboro will go with me.”
Jones added, “Virtually everything I believe and what I hold dear came from my time growing up there. I was raised a Yellow Jacket and in the church. My love of Kentucky basketball began there. It is a really important place to me.”
Former U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler was the last Democrat seated United States Representative for Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District from 2004-13, when he was defeated for re-election by Barr.
Kentucky Sports Radio just celebrated the websites’ 10-year anniversary last week, and the radio show’s fifth year on the air.
Kentucky Sports Radio’s blog and information on the show can be found at its website, Kentuckysportsradio.com. Jones can be heard live each weekday morning on his two-hour call-in radio show, which is broadcast on 24 stations across Kentucky. The show is also one of the most popular sports podcasts available on iTunes.
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