Yarmuth's seat: Latest list of candidates and not-candidates

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As Congressman John Yarmuth prepares to retire in January 2023, the list of persons seeking the 3rd District seat continues to grow (and shrink). Here is the latest list we've been able to gather from news stories, filings, and social media.

Persons who've declared they are running


  • State Rep. Attica Scott – The earliest entrant into the race, and a popular candidate among progressives in Louisville. Has filed with FEC; $70,832 raised in last report.
  • State Senator Morgan McGarvey – Jumped in minutes after Yarmuth announced his retirement, and has garnered both money and endorsements. Has filed with FEC; no report yet.


  • Rhonda Raye Palazzo – Has filed with FEC, $158 raised; ran against Yarmuth in 2020
  • Darien Moreno – Has filed with FEC; no report yet.
  • Bob Devore – Has filed with FEC; no report yet.

Persons considering running (via statements, news reporting, or word on the street)


  • State Rep. Josie Raymond
  • State Rep. McKenzie Cantrell
  • Jennifer Moore – former KDP chair and founder of Emerge Kentucky


  • Secretary of State Michael Adams – Said he would support Julie Raque Adams if she ran, but if not, he would consider running.

Persons definitely not running (at least for now)


  • Mayor Greg Fischer – Long rumored to be Yarmuth's successor, but has declared through a spokesperson he is not running.
  • Aaron Yarmuth – Said he was considering running after his dad announced his retirement, but has since said he would not.
  • Matthew Barzun – Long-time Democratic fund-raiser, former ambassador, and son-in-law of local philanthropist Christy Brown.
  • Gill Holland – Already ran for Metro Council and as Lt. Gov. candidate with Adam Edelen; also a son-in-law of Christy Brown.
  • Dr. Muhammad Babar – geriatric medicine specialist and interfaith leader


  • State Senator Julie Raque Adams – Popular state senator from Louisville's East End; mentioned by multiple people as a possible candidate, but announced her campaign to retain her state Senate seat and said she is not running for Yarmuth's seat.

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