29-year old anti-tolling activist Shawn Reilly filed his letter of intent this morning to run for state Senate in the 19th District. Last month, 23-year state Senator Tim Shaughnessy (D-Louisville) unexpectedly announced that he will not seek another term.
Other names being thrown around the gossip mill as possible candidates in the district are Council President Jim King, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, and 2010 state Senate candidate and former Rep. John Yarmuth aide Marty Meyer. However, since state Sen. Damon Thayer still hasn’t revealed the new redistricting maps, let alone had them approved by the General Assembly, it’s still not clear how many of these potential candidates will be in the district.
Here is the press release from Reilly:
Louisville – Touting his record of leadership, coalition building and getting results to benefit our community; Shawn Reilly announced today his intention to run for State Senate and has filed a letter of intent with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.
A progressive Democrat focused on results, Reilly is seeking to represent the 19th Senate District, and build upon the vigorous tradition of current State Senator Tim Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy announced on November 8th that after serving nearly 23 years in the Kentucky Senate, he will not seek re-election in 2012.
“After talking with my wife Stephanie, neighborhood leaders and local elected officials I feel that now is the right time for me to seek public office. I understand that it isn’t enough to just be a voice in Frankfort, we need a leader committed to action that can get results,” Reilly said
“By filing a letter of intent I am able to start building a campaign team, raising money and communicating with the voters before re-districting is settled. After the lines are drawn and I am officially in the District, I will be a candidate for State Senate.”
Shawn and his wife Stephanie were married in the summer of 2011 at St. Agnes Catholic Church. They have made their home in the Upper Highlands, where Shawn is a member of the neighborhood association’s board. Shawn also serves on an Advisory Board for Boys and Girls Haven, whose mission is to shelter, heal, and teach young people to become productive and healthy members of our community.
The 19th Senate District currently includes among others areas Audubon, Highlands, Srathmoor, St. Matthews, Bon Air, Hikes Point, Stony Brook and parts of Jeffersontown.