2014 Candidate Update: Some frequent fliers and candidates seeking rematches jump in races

01/20/2014 09:47 AM

Several return candidates filed to put their names on the 2014 ballot. That includes a frequent candidate from Louisville jumping in the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and a Republican publisher seeking a rematch against a veteran Democratic House member.

Here’s a rundown the candidate filings from the last week:

U.S. Senate

Democrats Burrel Charles Farnsley and Greg Leichty filed their paperwork to enter the Democratic primary on Jan. 13 and 16 respectively. Both candidates are from Louisville.

Farnsley is the son of former Louisville Mayor Charles Farnsley. This is not the first attempt at political office for the younger Farnsley. In 2010 he ran in the Democratic primary for mayor of Louisville and has run multiple times for Congress.

Leichty is a professor of Communications in Louisville.

U.S. Representative

Republican Michael Macfarlane of Prospect officially filed his paperwork on Jan. 16 to run for the 3rd District Congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth.

Macfarlane, a Louisville surgeon, first announced he would seek election to the seat in October.

Yarmuth filed for re-election on Jan. 17.

State Senate

16th District — Republican Max Wise of Campbellsville filed his paperwork on Jan. 14 to enter the Republican primary for the 16th Senate District which is currently held by freshman Republican Sen. Sara Beth Gregory of Monticello.

Pure Politics profiled the start of that primary contest last week. It will be one to watch in the state Senate.

State House

6th District — Republican Keith Travis of Benton filed for the 6th District House seat on Jan 15.

The seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Will Coursey of Symsonia who has been involved in a legal dispute with a Legislative Research Commission staffer over alleged retribution .

The Marshall County Tribune lists Travis as the vice president of development for the Murray Calloway County Hospital.

The 6th District encompasses part of McCraken County, all of Marshall and Lyon Counties.

*31st District * — Republican Nicholas Simon of Louisville filed to run in the 31st House District on Jan. 16.

Simon, the CEO of a Publishers Printing, ran for the seat in 2012 losing to incumbent Democratic Rep. Steve Riggs in the general election.

Riggs has not yet filed for re-election.

34th District — Republican Michael McNair of Louisville filed to run for the seat on Jan. 16.

The seat has been held since 1995 by Democratic Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, who filed for re-election on Jan. 8.

46th District — Republican Robert DeVore of Louisville filed to run in the 46th District on Jan. 13.

DeVore ran for the seat in 2010 losing to longtime Rep. Larry Clark, the House speaker pro tem who has represented the district since 1984.

49th District — Former Democratic Rep. Linda Belcher filed for a return bid to the House on Jan. 15. Belcher and former Republican Rep. Michael Nemes announced their candidacies last fall for the newly-created 49th House seat in eastern Bullitt County.

However, also joining the Democratic primary is Jonathan Cacciatore who filed to run on Jan. 14.

66th District — Republican David Martin of Petersburg filed for the 66th District House seat on Jan. 13. Martin will face current Rep. Addia Wuchner of Florence in the Republican Primary on May 20.

The 66th District encompasses the northern portion of Boone County.


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