FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A veteran appellate judge and a prominent lawmaker are highlighting their different resumes while making their case to voters in competing for a seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court.
State Sen. Whitney Westerfield and Judge Christopher Shea Nickell are vying to represent a 24-county western Kentucky district on the state’s highest court. The region’s voters will choose their new justice on Nov. 5. The winner will serve the remainder of a term ending in 2022.
Both candidates in the nonpartisan race say they subscribe to the judicial philosophy of a conservative icon – the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. It’s in their backgrounds where the differences emerge.
Nickell plays up his 13 years as a member of the Court of Appeals, the state’s second-highest court.
Westerfield stresses his role in shaping key legislation as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman – from revamping the juvenile justice system to combating heroin use and drunken driving.