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Democrat wins Louisville special election, becomes first openly LGBTQ state representative

A criminal justice reform advocate made history on Tuesday, becoming the first openly LGBTQ Kentuckian elected to the state House of Representatives. by longtime lawmaker Reginald Meeks. The district spans several Louisville neighborhoods, including Park Duvalle, Shively, Old Louisville, and Clifton. Meeks announced his retirement late last year. Republican Judy Stallard and Democrat Keturah Herron were vying for the vacant seat. Later Tuesday night, Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams tweeted that Herron won with 1,950 votes to Stallard’s 119. relay of leadership, courage and activism. I am honored to be in this position to serve the people of House District 42. I am dedicated to working with people to bring about the changes they seek in their community. I take District 42 with me as we work together to make a difference in this city and this state. “The Kentucky Democratic Party and the Fairness Campaign celebrated Herron’s victory. The former ACLU of Kentucky political strategist played a key role in the Louisville Metro Board’s passage of the law of Breonna, which limited the use of no-knock warrants. Herron is also the first openly LGBTQ representative in the state. The nearly 15-year gap in LGBTQ representation in the Kentucky General Assembly, and we We need her now more than ever. With the Kentucky House poised to vote on an anti-trans sports bill in the coming days, Rep-elect Herron will fight fiercely for trans kids and all LGBTQ Kentuckians in this critical time,” said Chris Hartman, executive director of the Equity Campaign. Herron’s election made her only the second openly LGBTQ member of the General Assembly. In 2003, former Senator Ernesto Scorsone , by Lex ington, made history as the first openly LGBTQ member of the General Assembly. He was appointed as a judge in 2008, and there hadn’t been an openly LGBTQ member of the Kentucky General Assembly since, the Fairness Campaign said. Herron’s election also makes her the third black woman currently serving in the General Assembly.

A criminal justice reform advocate made history on Tuesday, becoming the first openly LGBTQ Kentuckian elected to the state House of Representatives.

On Tuesday, voters headed to the polls to vote in the House District 42 special election, which was previously hosted by longtime lawmaker Reginald Meeks. The neighborhood spans several Louisville neighborhoods, including Park Duvalle, Shively, Old Louisville, and Clifton.

Meeks announced his retirement late last year. Republican Judy Stallard and Democrat Keturah Herron were vying for the vacant seat.

Later Tuesday night, Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams tweeted that Herron won with 1,950 votes to Stallard’s 119.

“I am so grateful to Rep. Meeks and humbly receive from him the relay of leadership, courage and activism. I am honored to be in this position to serve the people of House District 42. I am dedicated to working with people to bring about the changes they seek in their community. I bring District 42 with me as we work together to make a difference in this city and state.

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The Kentucky Democratic Party and the Fairness Campaign celebrated Herron’s victory. The former Kentucky ACLU political strategist played a key role in the Louisville Metro Board’s passage of Breonna’s Law, which limited the use of no-knock warrants.

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Herron is also the first openly LGBTQ state representative.

“Representative-elect Herron will fill a nearly 15-year void in LGBTQ representation in the Kentucky General Assembly, and we need her more than ever before. With the Kentucky House poised to vote on a proposed anti-trans sports legislation in the coming days, Representative-elect Herron will fight fiercely for transgender children and all LGBTQ Kentuckians during this critical time,” said Chris Hartman, executive director of the Fairness Campaign.

Herron’s election only makes her the second openly LGBTQ member of the General Assembly. In 2003, former state senator Ernesto Scorsone of Lexington made history as the first openly LGBTQ member of the General Assembly.

He was appointed as a judge in 2008, and there hasn’t been an openly LGBTQ member of the Kentucky General Assembly since, the Fairness Campaign said.

Herron’s election also makes her the third black woman currently serving in the General Assembly.