Governor appoints Oldham Co. judge to Appeals Court, which could set up contested race in 2014

07/12/2013 06:06 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday tapped an administrative law judge from Oldham County as the nect Court Appeals just in the 6th Appellate District that covers Northern Kentucky.

Beshear appointed Allison Emerson Jones to the 6th Appellate District, Division 1, to replace Michelle M. Keller, whom Beshear appointed to the Supreme Court in April. Keller replaced Justice Wil Schroder, who retired.

Jones was among the three finalists for that Supreme Court judgeship.

This time she got the appointment over Mary Kathleen Molloy of Crescent Springs and Justin Aaron Sanders of Fort Wright. Sanders is part of a prominent legal family in Northern Kentucky, including his brother, Rob Sanders, a commonwealth’s attorney.

The appointment of an Oldham County-based judge could set up a contested next election, especially considering the Northern Kentucky area has the bulk of the population in that appellate district.

Appeals Court judges are elected for eight-year terms and will be on the ballot again in 2014.


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