|Abby Voelker. Provided.|
Voelker becomes the third candidate to file for the seat, which was left vacant by the mid-term retirement of longtime Judge Gregory T. Popovich.
Voelker, along with Newport Attorney John Hayden and Assistant Campbell County Attorney, Cameron Blau, will vie to get the nomination from the Judicial Nominating Committee.
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.
Voelker is a 1998 graduate of Campbell County High School and received her undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky and her law degree at Chase College of Law. She owns a private practice that specializes in many areas of the law, including civil, criminal, family, and probate.
Voelker said she wants to bring new ideas to the bench. She said she is dedicated to working with the current judges in combatting the ever-growing heroin epidemic that is sweeping our community.
According to a release, Voelker cites her vision, heart, and experience as traits that will set her apart as a candidate for District Judge.