Judicial candidate profiles to be posted online

Judicial candidates in contested primary races this spring are being asked to provide information about themselves to be posted on a Web site for Kentucky voters’ consideration. The profiles will be posted May 9 on www.kyjudges.com for public review. Richard Beliles, Director of the Kentucky Chapter of Common Cause said this is a non-partisan project.
 Common Cause, a grass-roots organization that promotes open government, and Justice at Stake Campaign, a national, non-partisan effort for fair and impartial courts, sent out letters this week to the judicial candidates. They asked for name, place of residence, education, occupation, employer, date admitted to the Kentucky Bar Association, legal and judicial experience, a 150-word-limit personal statement and campaign Web site.
 Spencer Noe, a Lexington attorney who is chairman of the Kentucky Judicial Campaign Committee, said the requests by Common Cause and Justice at Stake “appear to be a legitimate thing for judicial candidates to do.”  He suggested that candidates should refrain from making any statement that would appear to commit the judicial candidate to a particular ruling in future cases.

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