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Friday, October 31, 2014

Fort Thomas Matters Election Bio: Allison Jones, Kentucky Court of Appeals Sixth District

Judge Allison Jones is running for re-election to the Kentucky Court of Appeals, 6th District/Provided

by Judge Allison Jones
Candidate for Sixth Appellate District, Kentucky Court of Appeals

On November 4th, you will be asked to vote for one of two candidates to serve you on the Kentucky Court of Appeals for the Sixth Appellate District, Division, 1 (composed of the following 21 counties:  Bath, Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Fleming, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Kenton, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble.)  The choice is incredibly important because most cases end at the Court of Appeals.  In deciding which candidate deserves your vote for this very important seat, I believe you should ask yourself one simple question:  which candidate has the proven experience, dedication to public service, and solid family values to represent you?

I am the only candidate with judicial experience.  As Northern Kentucky's current Court of Appeals Judge, I know the job.  And, I do it well.  My work has been praised by other judges and attorneys throughout the Commonwealth.  In the Northern Kentucky Bar Association's judicial candidate survey, an overwhelming majority of lawyers rated me as highly qualified to continue serving on the Court of Appeals.  I also have over seven years of prior experience as a public judicial servant working as a trial-level judge and as a staff attorney in federal court.  Before that I was a trial lawyer at one of the largest and most respected law firms in the state, Stites & Harbison.

I am also the only candidate with the proven leadership skills to combat the heroin epidemic.  In September 2013, I wrote Attorney General Conway a letter expressing my concerns, requesting more funding for heroin-related prevention and treatment programs, and recommending a funding solution.  In January 2014, Attorney General Conway implemented my proposed funding solution by pledging to use millions of dollars his office recovered from settlements to expand substance abuse treatment throughout Northern Kentucky.  I have also sponsored heroin awareness forums throughout our district.  If re-elected to the Court of Appeals, I will continue increasing public awareness and collaborating with other officials to reduce recidivism among addicts and impose stiffer penalties for traffickers.

My husband, Larry, and I have been married for over twelve years.  We have two beautiful children, Riley, 9, and Reed, 6.  Raising my children with my husband has been the greatest delight of my adult life and has strengthened my commitment to preserving family values for our Commonwealth.  My love of children also led me to develop and implement a constitutional law program for elementary school classes.  I have taught this class to students throughout Northern Kentucky, including Woodfill Elementary in Fort Thomas on September 29, 2014.

When I took the bench, I pledged not only to uphold the law, but to be a true public servant at all levels of our community.  Each day, I work to uphold this pledge.  I am an active member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the Northern Kentucky Bar Association, the Northern Kentucky Women's Initiative Network, Vice President of Transylvania's Northern Kentucky Alumni Association, a board member of the Boone County Bean Bash, a member of the University of Kentucky College of Law Alumni Association, a member of the National Association of Women Judges, and volunteer for several organizations that help the less fortunate in our community.  I am also an active member of the St. Francis Episcopal Church.  I regularly teach continuing legal education classes throughout Northern Kentucky.

As part of this incredible journey towards November 4th, you, the citizens of Northern Kentucky, have shared your ideas, your fears and your hopes for our community with me.  I have taken those things to heart.  If you elect me to keep my judicial seat on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, I will continue to make sure that every litigant who appears in my court has a fair, impartial, and politically unbiased forum.  And, I will continue to use my experience and leadership to improve the judicial system and the community-at-large for every citizen.  I humbly ask for your vote on November 4th.

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