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Nominees for circuit judgeship in Green, Marion, Taylor, Washington counties announced


The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., has announced nominees to fill the Circuit Court judicial vacancy for the 11th Judicial Circuit, Division 2.

The circuit is made up of Green, Marion, Taylor and Washington counties.

John D. Minton Jr.

The three nominees for the Circuit Court judgeship are attorneys Arthur Daniel “Dan” Kelly of Springfield, Brian Matthew Kester of Campbellsville and Kaelin Goheen Reed of Lebanon.

Kelly was a Circuit Court judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit from 2009-2014 and is serving as a special judge for the circuit. He served as a state senator from 1991-2009. He received his juris doctor from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

Kester practices with the law firm of Bertram, Cox & Miller and is an assistant county attorney for Taylor County. He previously served as an attorney for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. He received his juris doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

Reed has owned Reed Law Office since 2006 and previously served as an assistant county attorney for Marion County. He received his juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

The judicial seat became vacant when Judge Allan Ray Bertram resigned Jan. 16, 2020.

From Administrative Office of the Courts


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