FAMILY COURT JUDGE RACING COMPETITIVE IN CLAY, JACKSON & LESLIE COUNTIES - CANDIDATE PROFILES
CCN Staff Report
Clay, Jackson, & Leslie counties (KY) - The election of a Family Court Judge for the 41st Judicial Circuit, Division II
which includes Clay, Jackson, and Leslie counties is rather interesting and becoming
Currently, the office is held by Clint Harris who was
appointed Family Court Judge by Governor Matt Bevin. Harris has served as Assistant Clay
County Attorney since 1986, but the two competitors also have significant
experience in the legal profession and within the courts practicing defense law and
as a prosecutor within the three county service area.
Clint Harris was a prosecutor as Assistant Clay County Attorney and was primarily responsible for prosecuting juvenile cases against alleged law violators--children,
parents, and others in Clay Family Court. He has also prosecuted cases in Clay
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Monica Rice-Smith who has been a prosecutor as Assistant Leslie County Attorney and
was the prosecutor in juvenile cases against alleged law violators--children, parents,
and others in Leslie County.
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Former U.S. Navy Officer, Veteran Kenneth Stepp has established a career practicing law and has served primarily as a
defense attorney, public defender and as an Assistant Public Advocate representing
indigent defendants in criminal cases in Harlan and Bell District Courts. Mr. Stepp considers his never being a prosecutor of individuals as an important contrast among the candidates.
ClayCoNews readers and voters in Clay, Jackson, and Leslie counties are urged to participate in the democratic process and to cast their vote on May 17, 2016. The Office of Family Court Judge is an incredibly important position and directly impacts children and families.