Northern Kentucky group announces judicial race endorsements

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Northern Kentuckians for the Judiciary announced Wednesday its endorsed candidates in local contested judicial races that are on the Nov. 8 ballot. 

The group was created to maintain the quality of the judiciary in Northern Kentucky, said its chairman, Mark Arnzen, a Covington attorney. It also endorses judicial candidates in the region.

“We established high standards and demanding criteria for our endorsement process and we believe these candidates satisfied those standards and criteria,” Arnzen said.

Northern Kentuckians for the Judiciary does not consider political party affiliations when endorsing candidates, as required by law. In Kentucky, judicial candidates do not formally run as members of a political party.

For each candidate interviewed, the group considers the academic and professional achievement, relevant experience, reputation in the community, reputation among the bench and Bar Association, and judicial temperament of the candidate, the organization said.

Northern Kentuckians for the Judiciary endorsed the following judicial candidates:

  • Michelle Keller, Supreme Court, Sixth District
  • Susanne Cetrulo, Kentucky Court of Appeals, Sixth District Judge
  • Mary K. Molloy, Kenton County Circuit Court, 16th Judicial District – Division 3 
  • Kenneth Easterling, Kenton County District Court, 16th Judicial District – Division 2
  • Ann Ruttle, Kenton County District Court, 16th Judicial District – Division 1 
  • Brenda Bonecutter, Campbell County Circuit Court/Family Court, 17th Judicial Circuit – Division 3 
  • Erin Sizemore, Campbell County Circuit Court, 17th Judicial Circuit – Division 2
  • Kendra McCardle, Boone and Gallatin Counties Circuit Court/Family Court, 54th Judicial District – Division 2
  • Tom Rauf, Kenton County Circuit Court/Family Court, 16th Judicial Circuit – Division 6 
  • Terri Schoborg, Kenton County Circuit Court/Family Court, 16th Judicial Circuit – Division 2
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Northern Kentuckians for the Judiciary consists of a steering committee made up of lawyers who are involved in litigation practices, and a citizens review board consisting of people with diverse occupations and backgrounds, the group said.

The steering committee interviews ach candidate for the judicial election. The lay members of the citizens review board are present to monitor the interviews.

The citizens review board must approve the endorsement recommendations that the committee makes.

Members of the Attorneys Steering Committee are: 

  • Mark G. Arnzen, Chair 
  • Jennifer L. Lawrence, Vice-Chair 
  • Stephen D. Wolnitzek, Treasurer 
  • J.B. Lind, Secretary
  • John A. Berger 
  • E. Andre Busald 
  • Joseph E. Conley, Jr. 
  • Gerald F. Dusing 
  • Sarah Geiger 
  • Lawrence T. Hicks 
  • Todd V. McMurtry 
  • James W. Morgan, Jr. 
  • Delana S. Sanders 
  • Robert E. Sanders 
  • David B. Sloan 
  • David M. Spaulding 
  • Henry L. Stephens 
  • Beverly R. Storm 

Members of the Citizens Review Committee are: 

  • Elizabeth Grause 
  • Bert Huff 
  • Jack Moreland 
  • Joan Robinson 

For more information at the Judiciary, visit www.nkfj.org

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