Sen. David Williams Nominated for Vacant Cirt. Judge Slot – Judicial Nominating Commission announces nominees for vacant judgeship in 40th Judicial Circuit

FRANKFORT, Ky., Oct. 25, 2012 – The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., met today in Burkesville, Ky., to choose three nominees to fill the vacant Circuit Court judgeship in the 40th Judicial Circuit. The 40th Circuit consists of Clinton, Cumberland and Monroe counties. The judicial vacancy was created by the passing of Circuit Judge Eddie C. Lovelace on Sept. 17, 2012.

These three attorneys, all of whom reside in Burkesville, have been named as nominees to fill the vacancy:

Angela M. Capps. Capps is serving as the public defender for Clinton County. She holds a juris doctor from the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

Stephen Douglas Hurt. Hurt is serving as a senior judge after retiring as a district judge in 2009. He earned a juris doctor from the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

David L. Williams. Williams is president of the Kentucky State Senate. He represents Senate District 16. He earned a juris doctor from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

The person appointed to fill this vacancy will serve the two years remaining in the term of the late Judge Lovelace. If the appointee wishes to retain this seat, he or she must run for office in the next regularly scheduled election for circuit judges in 2014.

The names of the three nominees will now go to Gov. Steve Beshear who will select the nominee to serve the unexpired term.

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