District court judge candidates meet with voters at community forum

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District court judge candidates meet with voters at community forum

“They’re very informative and it’s a nice educational piece to try to give people a chance to understand the differences between the various candidates.” – Sean Delahanty

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — They are not the ones appearing at the tops of the ballot slip but the jobs they’re campaigning for are just as important.
“We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of people in this community go through that court every day,” Dee Pregliasco, the president of the League of Women Voters, said. “It’s the busiest court in the Commonwealth as you can imagine.”

The League of Women Voters hosted 10 candidates running for a seat as a Jefferson County district court judge at a community forum Sunday afternoon, giving them a chance to speak directly with voters, hoping to educate their potential constituents and encouraging them to get to the ballot box come Election Day in May.
“In judicial races, there’s a drop off,” Pregliasco, a former district judge, said. “That means as few as 15 percent of the votes put these judges in office. And that’s really not acceptable.”
“They’re very informative and it’s a nice educational piece to try to give people a chance to understand the differences between the various candidates,” Judge Sean Delahanty, who is running for reelection, said.
The candidates, a collection of current and former judges, prosecutors and attorneys, spoke to the packed room about their experience and ideas that would help them as district judges, where they would hear cases ranging from traffic violations to drug abuse and gun violence, two big issues raised this afternoon.
“There are only a few reasons why you would have a gun,” Tracy Davis, a candidate for district 3, said. “One is you’re hungry and you’re hunting. The second one is you’re scared and you’re defending yourself. And the third is you’re up to no good. And from the district court bench, I think we need to try and figure out which one of those things is going on.”
“A lot of times you see people who are having addiction issues, who are having mental health issues, and those are where you see issues with guns in the community,” Kristina Garvey, candidate for district 3, said.
“They were in court at some time before, and helping those people out early on with the kinds of services they need might avoid that gun violence situation,” James Michael “Jim” Green, district 3 candidate, said.
The League of Women Voters said it invited candidates from districts 4, 6 and 9, where there are three or more candidates running for the position. The district judge is a nonpartisan office, so a district will only have a primary if there are three or more people running for office.
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