Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Janet Stumbo of Prestonsburg said Sunday that she would seek the Kentucky Supreme Court's vacant 7th District seat that represents Eastern Kentucky. Justice Will T. Scott of Pike ville resigned from the seat Friday ahead of a possible run for the Republican nomination for governor.
Stumbo, 60, has served several terms on the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court since 1989. She also has worked as assistant Floyd County attorney; partner in the firm of Stumbo, DeRossett & Pillersdorf; and instructor at the Appalachian School of Law and the University of Kentucky College of Law.
"I believe my 23 years of experience as both a Supreme Court justice and Court of Appeals judge, along with my experience as a practicing attorney, make me uniquely qualified for this position," she said in a statement.
Scott's successor on the state's highest court will be chosen by Gov. Steve Beshear from three names to be presented to him by a nominating commission. The successor will fill the office until an election.