Just moments after Congressman John Yarmuth announced he was retiring, state Senator Morgan McGarvey announced he was running to take Yarmuth's place.
One day later, McGarvey showed he was ready to run: his campaign raised over $160,000 in its first day, and he rolled out his first list of endorsements: 18 well-known elected officials from across Louisville.
In a press release sent at 3 PM on Wednesday, McGarvey included the following statement:
“Congressman Yarmuth has been an outstanding representative for our District. I want to first thank him and his team for their service. I’m running because I want to ensure that Kentucky continues to have a progressive voice in Washington. There is so much I’m running to do; I’m a working dad of three kids, so confronting the existential threat of climate change, making child care more affordable and implementing universal pre-K, ending generational poverty and and building an economy that works for everyone are all why I’m in this race.
“I’m so honored to see both this outpouring of financial support as well as endorsements from so many Kentucky leaders who I’ve worked with on some of the toughest fights like: preserving marriage equality, criminal justice reform, defending access to healthcare and protecting choice.”
Included in the press release was this list of initial endorsements:
- Fmr Mayor / Lt. Gov Jerry Abramson
- Sheriff John Aubrey
- State Senator Karen Berg
- Metro Council Member Bill Hollander
- Metro Council President David James
- House Minority Leader Joni Jenkins
- Fmr State Senator David Karem
- Fmr State Auditor and Lt. Governor Crit Luallen
- State Rep Mary Lou Marzian
- State Senator Gerald Neal
- Fmr State Senator Tim Shaughnessy
- Colonel (ret)/ State Rep Pamela Stevenson
- State Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Reggie Thomas
- Fmr Congressman Mike Ward
- Fmr State Rep Jim Wayne
- Metro Council Member Markus Winkler
- State Senator David Yates
- PVA Colleen Younger
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