Ky. Supreme Court removes Jefferson Co. judge candidate from ballot
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Karen Faulkner's name will not appear on the November ballot for Jefferson District Judge.
Kentucky's Supreme Court on Friday reversed a decision by the Franklin Circuit Court that had allowed Faulkner to continue her campaign for 9th Division Judge.
Faulkner finished third in the May 22 primary for the judge's seat, following the sudden death of Danny Alvarez, a 42-year-old lawyer who won the primary but died the next day. Tanisha Hickerson beat Faulkner by 17 votes to finish second.
But Faulkner filed a lawsuit arguing that she should move on to November's general election.
Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd sided with Faulkner, ruling in June that, legally, any votes Alvarez received during the primary are null and void, because the state cannot certify votes after the death of a candidate. He said Alvarez's votes should not be certified.
Kentucky law does say the top two vote-getting nominees in judicial races move on to the general election, but the State Supreme Court ruled Friday that, despite Alvarez’ death, the votes he received are still valid.
The justices said that candidates need to be certified by the Secretary of State by August 27 for the November election, so the appeal was reversed to ensure the orderly process for the general election.
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