Democrat Marty Meyer, who has served as a district representative for U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth since the LEO founder was elected to the House of Representatives in 2006, will run for the 38th District state Senate seat once held by his father, former Sen. Danny Meyer.
The younger Meyer, who has volunteered on political campaigns for much of his adult life, including for two of his father’s campaigns and Yarmuth’s 2006 run, was expected to file the necessary paperwork this afternoon in Frankfort.
“People in the 38th District haven’t had responsive government for years,” Meyer said in an e-mail to LEO. “I look forward to getting to hear from individuals and families in the community over the next year and a half and sharing my commitment to responsive government.”
In a phone interview Friday afternoon, Meyer said he’d been extensively planning for the campaign for more than six months.
Republican Dan Seum won the seat after Danny Meyer — a labor Democrat — retired in 1994, and has held it since. The sitting senator, perhaps most known for his strikes against pollution controls in Louisville, such as Vehicle Emissions Testing or the Strategic Toxic Air Reduction (STAR) Program, was initially elected as a Democrat but switched parties in 2000, much to the ire of his former party.
Meyer said his website, www.martymeyerforsenate.com, would be up by this weekend.