Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Election 2006

November 8, 2006

20th Judicial Circuit Judge Family Court

Family members and supporters wearing Jeff Preston T-shirts could be seen about the Greenup County courthouse Tuesday night, but the man himself wasn’t there yet as the results started to come in.

The man’s son, Tate, said his father was down the street, pacing on a relative’s porch.

“He’s been doing that all week,” Tate said with a laugh.

In a race that was close all night, Jeff Preston did prevail to become the first family circuit judge for the 20th Judicial District, representing Greenup and Lewis counties.

With all precincts reporting, unofficial results from the Greenup and Lewis clerk’s offices showed:

Preston 3,919

Katherine Kendall 3,382

Tom Bertram 3,343

Charles Douglas 2,517

Though Kendall was Preston’s closest competitor, his biggest worry was actually Bertram, the only Lewis County resident in the race.

Preston picked up only 241 votes in Lewis — the third-highest in that county — while Bertram managed 2,531.

With the Greenup results in, Preston anxiously awaited news from Lewis County.

Eventually, Preston found out he was still nearly 900 votes ahead with only two precincts left in Lewis.

“I’m just humbled by the voters,” Preston said. “We worked very, very hard and it looks like it paid off.”

The family judge race was overloaded with experience, with each candidate having practiced for at least two decades in family law. After learning of his victory, Preston gave a nod to his opponents.

“Everyone ran such a clean race,” he said.

The family judge position will handle custody, divorce, adoption and some juvenile cases, taking some of the burden off of the circuit court docket.

Preston said he’s excited to start the new job.

“It’s new, but really it’s something I’ve been doing for 26 years,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with everyone and creating a system that helps children and families.”



BEN FIELDS can be reached at bfields@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.

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