Morgan McGarvey has won the Democratic nomination for Kentucky’s 19th Senate district.
McGarvey is an attorney in private practice in Louisville who ran on a platform of building the Ohio River Bridges Project and expanding the state’s tax base. During the campaign, he racked up endorsements from former State Auditor Crit Luallan, Attorney General Jack Conway, and state Senator Tim Shaughnessy, who currently holds the seat and isn’t running for re-election. McGarvey’s website also touts his support of biodiesel.
McGarvey beat environmental engineer Sarah Lynn Cunningham by about 750 votes. Neither of the other two contenders—attorney Amy Shoemaker and golf instructor Gary Demling—got more than 15 percent of the vote. Because there is no Republican challenger in the race, McGarvey will likely win the seat in November by default.