From Steve Horner's column "Politics in Kentucky" at www.Lawreader.com
After three years of speculation, The Kentucky Gazette ran a story in its e-mailed “Kentucky Political Report” on July 20 which apparently makes it “official” – both Franklin Circuit Judges do not plan to seek re-election next year. The newspaper said Judges William Graham and Roger Crittenden are the “most visible to the general public” of any of the state’s 95 circuit judges because of their jurisdiction over legal issues affecting state government. Franklin District Judge Thomas Wingate and Frankfort lawyer Philip Shepherd are interested in running for the two open judicial positions according to this story. Shepherd served as Secretary of the Cabinet for Natural Resources under former Gov. Brereton Jones.