Three Democratic candidates look to unseat 22-year General Assembly veteran in 40th Dist. house race

05/14/2018 02:03 PM

LOUISVILLE – Southwest Louisville’s 40th House District has four Democrats running for the seat, including incumbent Rep. Dennis Horlander who has been in the chamber since first being elected in 1996.

The three challengers include 2012 University of Louisville graduate Logan Gatti, a consultant at Humana in operational risk management and owner of a small property management company, Kelly Gibson, a conductor with CSX Transportation and union president, and Nima Kulkarni, an immigration and employment law attorney in Louisville.

Gatti’s main reason for jumping into the race is that he’s been unhappy with a lot of legislation which has come out of Frankfort in recent years.

“There’s been a lot happening in the state of Kentucky the last five to ten years that I have really not agreed with,” Gatti said. “There’s been cuts in education, cuts to so many different social services program that help a lot of people.”

Gibson claims that Horlander has served long enough and it’s time for a change.

“I was tired of seeing the same thing happen for decades in this district, the incumbent has been in this race for over 20 years and the only thing that he’s known for is making the most money when the session’s not in,” Gibson said. “We can do better and honestly, I know that I can do better.”

Kulkarni believes that her experience can lead to her being an effective legislator.

“Through my law practice and my advocacy work for immigrants, for disadvantaged individuals, for people who don’t always have a voice or a seat at the table, I have actually gone to Frankfort and advocated for several different issues,” Kulkarni said. “I’ve built up relationships with several different legislators there. A lot of whom encouraged me to run.”

Horlander, D-Louisville, has not campaigned door-to-door or made any public appearances since surgery which he had back in March, causing him to miss part of the legislative session.

Horlander declined to be interviewed for this profile, but did release the following statement to Pure Politics:

“I have served the citizens of the 40th District, fighting for pensions, infrastructure and our schools and teachers. Due to two recent serious back surgeries I’m still unable to be out knocking on doors yet. I will be better and stronger than new soon, and I thank all the volunteers who are helping with my campaign and I look forward to getting back out with the voters of my district very soon.”

The winner will face Republican Joshua Neubert in the General Election, he is running unopposed in the GOP primary.

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