|Cameron Blau with his wife, Marla, and two sons. Provided.|
Blau is the second to publicly announce their intentions after former Newport City Commissioner, John Hayden, declared his candidacy yesterday.
Popovich, who had been the elected judge in the 17th District in Campbell County since 1993, was locked in tight race with Blau in 2014 when he was charged and eventually suspended for 15 days stemming from an incident in open court
On August 5, 2014 while hearing motions to suppress evidence in a traffic stop case, Popovich accused Blau of improperly assisting the defense attorney, the commission said. The incident was recorded on video.
Popovich admitted no wrongdoing in that case, but took his suspension, citing financial reasons. It had been long-rumored that Blau would not eventually run for the seat again. With Popovich resigning on March 16, the door was left open for Blau earlier than expected.
Blau recalled an unexpected phone call from Popovich at the beginning of his law career.
“One evening, many years ago during my first year of law school, I received a phone call expecting it to be my father, Bernie Blau. However, it was what would eventually become a very familiar voice, Judge Greg Popovich," said Blau, "He was out with my father and wanted to know what I was doing in law school and jokingly suggested the medical field as a more lucrative and intelligent alternative. Now, almost 17 years past that unexpected phone call, I would never have guessed that I would have spent the last ten years as an Assistant County Attorney practicing in front of Judge Popovich, and I truly wish him all the best in his retirement.”
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The Judicial Nominating Commission, a seven person committee made up of the Chief Justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court, two republican and democrat non-attorneys statewide, and two local attorneys will nominate three candidates, from which Governor Matt Bevin will appoint a judge.
The Governor has 60 days to make that appointment after he has been handed the three candidates from the nominating commission. A special election will then take place this November for the unexpired term.
Locally in the 17th judicial district, David Bender fills one bar seat. Fort Thomas attorney, Tim Schneider, and Vince Thomas, an attorney from Newport are locked in a special election for that final seat.
“Above everything else, my wife, children, and I are vested in this community. For more than 170 years, the Blau family has proudly raised our children in Campbell County. I believe I have the experience, commitment, energy, and judicial temperament to serve as the next Campbell County District Judge," said Blau. "I promise the same passion, dedication, and 24-7 commitment I have delivered for the past ten years as chief prosecutor in the County Attorney’s Office. I promise to preside over a dignified and courteous courtroom where accountability is expected, fairness prevails, and justice is served.”
Blau is a lifelong resident of Campbell County, living in Alexandria with his wife Marla Renee (Twehues) and two young sons. He is son of attorney Bernard J. Blau (deceased), and grandson of Edward J. Blau (deceased), former Campbell Circuit Court Clerk. He has been responsible for the Criminal Division for the past ten years and serves as the City Attorney for Silver Grove, Kentucky.