Rep. John Yarmuth files for re-election

Associated PressJanuary 18, 2014 

U. S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville spoke during a U.S. House committee field hearing on federal health care in the Farish Theatre at the Lexington Public Library in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, August 27, 2013.

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The lone Democrat in Kentucky’s congressional delegation has filed for re-election to the state’s 3rd District congressional seat in the Louisville area.

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth said Friday he provides an “important contrast” to what Kentucky voters hear from the Republicans who make up the rest of the state’s federal delegation.

Yarmuth submitted his candidacy papers to the secretary of state’s office in Frankfort on Friday.

Republican Michael Macfarlane, a Louisville urologic surgeon, has filed to challenge Yarmuth.

Yarmuth cited his work to obtain federal economic incentives that led to job growth in his urban district.

He says he also wants to help shepherd the new veterans’ hospital project through to completion in Louisville.

Yarmuth was first elected to Congress in 2006, and he is now running for his fifth term.

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