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Friday, October 31, 2014

Fort Thomas Matters Election Bio: Justin Sanders, Kentucky Court of Appeals

Justin Sanders is running for election to the Kentucky Court of Appeals, 6th District/via

by Justin Sanders
Candidate for Sixth Appellate District, Kentucky Court of Appeals

Voters in the 6th Appellate District (essentially, the 21 counties north of Louisville) will choose a judge to fill one of Northern Kentucky's two seats on the Court of Appeals.  The Court of Appeals determines whether trial courts followed proper procedures, applied the law properly, and reached a fair decision.  Two issues matter in this race: fair representation for Northern Kentucky, and real courtroom experience.

The Kentucky Constitution requires election of Court of Appeals judges by districts to assure that no region of the Commonwealth has an unfair advantage over any other.  Many legal issues pit regional priorities against one another.  The question, for example, of whether state funds should be used here to replace the Brent Spence Bridge, or on a competing project for Louisville, could end up before the Court of Appeals.  How confident could you be in the fairness of its decision if Louisville had three judges on the court and Northern Kentucky had only one?  Northern Kentuckians can best assure fair representation by electing a Northern Kentucky judge.

I am the only candidate in this race born and raised in the Sixth Appellate District.  I have spent my entire career arguing cases before its judges and juries.  I am the only candidate who has litigated both criminal and civil cases in real courtrooms.  I have prosecuted baby killers, child abusers, animal torturers, drug dealers, and thieves.  For my entire professional life, I have represented Northern Kentucky citizens, families, and business owners in civil proceedings before trial courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.  My opponent spent the bulk of her career as a downtown Louisville lawyer, rarely, if ever, practicing in the Sixth District.  She has little, if any, trial experience in criminal or civil courts representing everyday people or businesses.

I am active in the Northern Kentucky community. In addition to many NKY  law-related organizations, I volunteer at my children’s schools as a chaperone for class field trips, serving lunch in the Johnson Elementary cafeteria, and at Hullabaloo.  I coach youth basketball and flag football in the Fort Thomas leagues, and have done so for years.  I am a member of the Campbell County Game & Fish Protective Association, which promotes conservation of Kentucky’s natural resources and teaches firearms safety and marksmanship. I do free legal work and, often, labor, for a number of NKY charities.

Those working in the trenches of law enforcement, public safety, and the justice system know the expertise required of appellate judges.  I have earned the endorsement of the Kentucky State Fraternal Order of Police, IAFF firefighters, and a list of NKY lawyers that reads like the Who’s Who of the Bar.  Kentucky's best prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, and civil litigators, from both the plaintiff and defense sides, overwhelmingly support me—because they know that I am the best qualified candidate.

I am Northern Kentucky's only candidate.  I ask you to vote Sanders for Court of Appeals on November 4.

-- Justin Sanders, a partner at The Sanders Law Firm in Covington, is running for Judge of the KY Court of Appeals, Sixth District, First Division. He and his wife Meredith have two children – their son is a 3rd grader at Johnson Elementary. Their daughter attends Kindergarten at Trent Montessori in Newport.

Address:  1017 Russell Street, Covington, KY 41011
Phone:  859-307-4809

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