Who am I?

Elisabeth Jensen currently serves as President and Executive Director of The Race for Education, which provides financial aid, academic development programs, and financial literacy training. The non-profit, which she co-founded in 2002, has delivered over
$5,000,000 in educational programs and scholarships to young people. In 2009, Elisabeth expanded the programming to include Starting Gate, an after school program for middle school students focused on building literacy and language arts skills. The program is currently offered in schools in Fayette and Bourbon Counties. Her leadership in Kentucky has earned The Race for Education recognition from President George W. Bush’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and led Governor Steve Beshear to name her to the State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children.

Why am I running?

Having won the Democratic primary handily, Elisabeth Jensen is looking ahead to the general election in November because she believes Kentucky’s working families and children deserve a strong voice in Washington. Running a small business, starting a successful non- profit around the education of our children and working for publicly held corporations gives her a unique background to be that voice.

My Goals

My top three policy goals are education access and affordability, workforce training, and upholding the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. For the past ten years, I have ran a non-profit that grant low-income and at-risk students with scholarships to attend college. Not only am I personally invested in providing educational opportunities for the people that need it the most, but I understand the bureaucracy behind our education system in this country. I am the only Democrat running for federal office in Kentucky that fully supports the ACA and KyNect program, knowing that providing healthcare for all Americans is a moral decision as well as an important policy initiative.

My DFA Values

My campaign is grassroots focused, with the majority of my contributions coming from individual citizens and voters. I am not aligned with any special interests or big businesses. I am a first time candidate who is running against a Tea-Party Republican who goes to bat for Wall Street bankers, coal-mine operators, and the finance industry. Since last summer, we have raise over 500,000 dollars from ordinary people who share my values of justice, opportunity, and fairness. KY-6 is one of the most hotly contested seats in the country, one of only 17 seats in the entire country that consistently swing between democrats and republicans.

My Campaign is People Powered!

My campaign is engaged and involved with many progressive organizations and issue-groups in central kentucky. We have collaborated with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth on miner safety and anti-mountaintop removal issues, the Lexington Fairness council on LGBT rights, the New Leaders Council on engaging young people in politics, countless young-democrat groups throughout central kentucky, etc... My campaign is entirely focused on engaging people that wouldn't necessarily be involved politically. I am committed to any grassroots initiative that can bring people together and help bridge the political divide that has crippled our government for the past few years.

Voice support


  • Corey Powell
  • Ron Leach
  • Gary & Pat Jackson

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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