Monday, January 09, 2012

John Yarmuth files for re-election

Congressman Awesome, I mean John Yarmuth, has filed with Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes' office for re-election.

Press release:
Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) filed paperwork with the Secretary of State to officially launch his campaign to continue representing Louisville in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Even in our divided country, we can all agree that the 112th Congress is failing us,” Yarmuth said. “A culture that refuses compromise and places more value on showmanship that statesmanship has prevented us from doing the simple things necessary to accelerate our economy. Instead, we find the most basic and vital tenets of American success under attack, everything from education and infrastructure to job training and veterans' programs; even Medicare and Social Security have been threatened.

“Since I was first elected, I have fought for the needs and priorities of Louisville’s working families,” Yarmuth said. “I’m running for re-election because the stakes are far too high to stop fighting now.”

Yarmuth’s tenure has been marked by work on initiatives to expand education and job-training programs, strengthen Social Security and Medicare, and extend affordable health care coverage to millions of Americans. He was a major supporter of federal investment that helped revitalize manufacturing at the Ford plants and GE's Appliance Park, and he secured funding for the new VA hospital in Louisville.

Recently, Yarmuth has been an outspoken critic of Congressional dysfunction and inaction, calling for leaders to get past ideological differences and make choices that benefit the American people.

Although major fundraising efforts have yet to begin, Yarmuth heads into his fourth campaign with more than $400,000 in the bank. This puts him in an excellent position for another big victory, said Campaign Treasurer Sarah Martin, although it's not the only indicator.

“We beat the national trend last year by a double-digit margin, but we didn’t do it because of money,” Martin said. “We did it because of John’s ideas and passion, because he listens to people, and because Louisvillians know he always puts them first.”

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