Writ of Election to Replace Morgan McGarvey Sets Off Chain of Elections

State Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, has submitted his resignation from the state Senate effective Jan. 2, in turn, his departure has triggered a special election that is being sought by a Louisville Metro Councilwoman, and her potential departure has one person in Louisville preparing to seek that seat.

Last week, Gov. Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, issued a writ of election for Feb. 21 to replace McGarvey in state Senate District 19. McGarvey was elected to replace U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, in the 3rd Congressional District and will officially resign his seat in the state legislature on Jan. 2, a day before the start of the 2023 legislative session.

Seeking the Democratic nomination for the heavily Democratic district is 8th District Louisville Metro Councilperson Cassie Chambers Armstrong. She filled out paperwork in July to begin raising money for the race, in anticipation of McGarvey’s election to Congress.

Democratic Legislative District chairs in the 19th state Senate district in Louisville will convene to nominate their candidate for a special election to the seat by Jan. 3.

If Cassie Chambers Armstrong is elected by the people of the 19th Senatorial District, Marty Meyer says he will seek to replace her in the Metro Council. Meyer is the VP of El Toro IP Targeting, and he is familiar with Louisville politics. Meyer’s father is former state Sen. Danny Meyer, D-Louisville, who served in Frankfort for four terms retiring in 1994. The elder Meyer also served as a Louisville alderman for two terms before joining the state legislature.

“There are certain things I’m doing as a pre-candidate,” he said. “I am reaching out to folks in office to let them know I am considering this. I’ve also reached out to folks that supported me in the past.”

Meyer tells Kentucky Fried Politics that the Fire Fighters Union will be endorsing him for the post in the Council. If Chambers Armstrong is elected there will not be a special election to replace her, instead, the Metro Council will hold an internal vote amongst members of the council.

Taylor McGovern U’Sellis , the assistant director of admission at the University of Louisville, is also planning on putting her name before the council for the post.

Others rumored to be considering the metro council seat include Louisville political operative Matt Erwin, entrepreneur Ben Reno-Weber, and attorney Pam Greenwell.