Protestors call for Barr to vote to open government


Charles A. Bousher signs a petition in Lexington, Ky., on Monday, October 14, 2013. Photo by Michael Reaves

By Michael Reaves

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Nearly 60 protestors chanted outside Rep. Andy Barr’s Lexington office Monday in an effort to convince him to vote to “open the government.”

Signs waved in the air, stating countless charges against Barr and the Republican Party.

The protest was among others around the nation put on by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee to protest the government shutdown.

Protestors called for Barr to listen to his constituents and end the shutdown.

Karissa Gerhke, protest organizer and campaign committee director of member engagement for the Progressive Change Committee, presented a mailer from Barr in which he states he wants to put hard working Americans back to work.

Barr’s competition, Democratic candidate Geoffrey M. Young, was in the audience at the protest.

Young is running against Barr for U.S. House of Representatives in Kentucky’s sixth congressional district in 2014 and believes he has a plan to beat Barr.

Gerhke called for students to get involved.

“It’s important that Barr hears from young folks on the issue,” she said.