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Thursday, May 26, 2016

BREAKING: Three Candidates Chosen for Vacant Campbell County Judge Seat

John Hayden (L) and Camerson Blau. FTM file. 
Three candidates have been chosen to fill the 17th District Court Judicial vacancy that was previously held by Judge Gregory T. Popovich.

Campbell County Chief Assistant Courty Attorney, Cameron Blau, Newport City Commissioner and Attorney, John Hayden, and retired attorney Bob Monfort, were chosen by the Judicial Nominating Committee (JNC). That slate will now be sent to Governor Matt Bevin's desk, where a candidate will be chosen within 60 days.

Any person meeting the required qualifications and desiring consideration to fill the District Court Judge vacancy had to notify the Judicial Nominating Commission on or before April 27, 2016. Those individuals were then sent a questionnaire which were then received in the Judicial Nominating Commission's office on or before May 11th.

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"I want to thank the Judicial Nominating Commission for the confidence and faith they placed in me by selecting me as one of the three judicial candidates that will be provided to our Governor Matt Bevin to fill the vacancy of District Judge, Division I in Campbell County," said Blau.

Hayden said he received a call from the Chief Justice of Kentucky, John Minton, at 2:30 p.m., congratulating him on being on the three-person slate.

"I’m really excited about possibility about being appointed to the seat," said Hayden. "I have a lot of respect for Mr. Blau and Mr. Monfort, and I'm looking forward to getting out to campaign in earnest for the November election regardless of the outcome."

A special election will take place this November for the unexpired term, after the appointment is made.

Monfort, an Alexandria resident and former assistant prosecutor under Lou Ball, Jack Porter and Michelle Snodgrass said that he let the nominating committee know that he would not be running in the special election in November.

"I’m honored to have been chosen by the committee," he said. "I am absolutely not going to run and am looking at this as an interim appointment only. If i were to get the appointment, I believe the voters should choose the candidate so that no one would get to run as an incumbent. 

There are some great candidates in this race, but with my experience I feel like I could hit the ground running."

Blau and Hayden have both indicated they will be on the ballot in November

The JNC is 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.

Locally, Fort Thomas attorney, Tim Schneider, was the attorney recently nominated by his peers to serve on the committee, along with Fort Thomas attorney, David Bender.

The citizen members of the committee are Barbara Weber, Deborah Peluso, Jim Schack and Ken Moellman Sr.

Fort Thomas attorney, Joe Grimme and Cold Spring attorney, Abby Voelker have previously declared their candidacy for the seat and will join Blau and Hayden on the November ballot.

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