Politics
7:11 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Candidates for Warren County Family Court Judge Meet in Public Forum

Left to right: David Lanphear, Rebecca Adams Simpson, Ralp Beck, Jennifer Brinkley, and John McCracken
Credit Abbey Oldham

Five Bowling Green attorneys laid out their case Thursday evening for why they should become Warren County's next Family Court Judge. 

Attorneys Ralph Beck, John McCracken, Jennifer Brinkley, David Lanphear, and Rebecca Simpson have filed for the seat.

Candidates at the forum, answered questions ranging from personal and professional experience to how to manage a loaded docket.

“I think there are several good choices," said Lynn Hulsey, Director of Programs at the Family Enrichment Center in Warren County.  "I think it will come down to people educating themselves and really understanding who the candidates are and listening to what they have to say.”

Hulsey, a member of the local Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse, which sponsored the forum, was pleased with the audience turnout. 

“Families are the most important thing in a community.  There are so many families that struggle.  I’m not sure if people are aware how many families go through family court with all kinds of issues," added Hulsey.  "This position is critical.”

The judgeship was formerly held by Margaret Huddleston, who died from cancer in January. 

Dick Downey was appointed by Governor Beshear to serve the remainder of her term.  Downey is not running for the seat in this year’s election.

The two candidates receiving the most votes in Kentucky's May 20 primary will move on to the November election.