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Legislator Whitney Westerfield files for First District Supreme Court vacancy left by Bill Cunningham

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

A Kentucky lawmaker has entered the race to fill an unexpired term on the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Whitney Westerfield (LRC photo)

State Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, has filed his papers with the Secretary of State’s office for the First District Supreme Court seat, which consists of 24 counties in western Kentucky, that was vacated in February when Justice Bill Cunningham retired.

David Buckingham was appointed to the bench by Gov. Matt Bevin in March to fill the vacancy, but Buckingham said he would only serve through the end of the year.

The 38-year-old Westerfield, who has served in the state Senate since 2013, graduated from the University of Kentucky with BA in Communications, and earned his law degree at Southern Illinois University.

The filing deadline for the election is Tuesday and the only other person who has entered the race thus far is Court of Appeals Judge Christopher Shea Nickell of Paducah. 

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