LIBERTY — Efforts to replace late Casey Circuit Judge James G. Weddle, who died two months ago, finally began to take shape Friday when Gov. Steve Beshear appointed four members to the judicial nominating committee that serves the 29th Judicial Circuit.
With Beshear’s appointments, the committee has six of the seven members needed to nominate three lawyers from Casey or Adair counties to be forwarded to the governor, who will then pick one to serve on the bench until voters select a new judge in November to fill the remainder of Weddle’s term.
State law requires judicial nominating committees to consist of the chief justice of the Supreme Court (currently John D. Minton), two attorneys from the circuit chosen by fellow members of the bar and four citizens — two from each county equally representing both political parties — who are not attorneys and do not hold public office.
From Casey County, Beshear chose Republican Tony Price, a retired banker, and Democrat Frank Kinnaird, a retired principal. Real estate broker and auctioneer Murrell W. Burton and construction foreman Barry W. Stotts, both of Columbia, were Beshear’s choices from Adair County.