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Six names put up for judgeships

The names of six Lexington attorneys have been submitted to Gov. Steve Beshear to fill vacancies for two Fayette County judgeships.

Beshear will have 60 days to name two judges to replace Circuit Judge Sheila Isaac and District Judge David Hayse. Both retired in June. The appointees would serve until the November election.

The Judicial Nominating Commission, chaired by Chief Justice John D. Minton, submitted the names of Mike P. Farmer, Thomas H. Glover and Ernesto Scorsone, a state senator, for Isaac's seat.

Kimberly Henderson Baird, Julie Muth Goodman and Sally Manning were nominated for the district court vacancy.

Nine lawyers applied for appointments to the district court vacancy, and four applied for circuit court, according to the Administrative Office of the Courts.

The names of applicants for the nominations were not released.

Lexington attorneys Joyce Merritt, Dan Miller and Keith Horn have filed with the secretary of state to run for the district court vacancy in November.

Scorsone is the only person thus far to file election papers for the circuit court seat. The deadline is Aug. 12.

Jay Blanton, a spokesman for Beshear, said the governor does not have a definitive time table for making the appointments, but hopes to make them “sooner rather than later.”

Farmer is a civil defense lawyer who has practiced since 1990. He attended Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich., and received his bachelor's degree from Georgetown College.

Glover has been a lawyer for 28 years and practices construction law. He is also a mediator and arbitrator. He got his law degree from the University of Louisville and his undergraduate degree from Peabody College in Nashville.

Scorsone, a lawyer for 32 years, has served in the state House and Senate for 24 years. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kentucky. He is a criminal defense lawyer, and a former Lexington public defender.

Conventional wisdom in Frankfort says Scorsone is the favorite to be appointed because he supported Beshear, a fellow Democrat, in last year's primary.

Scorsone said he hopes he is considered because of his work to improve the court system.

Farmer is the only Republican who was nominated for Isaac's seat. He ran unsuccessfully in 2006 for state Rep. Susan Wes­trom's south Lexington seat. Westrom is a Democrat.

Campaign finance records show that Farmer supported former Gov. Ernie Fletcher, a Republican, last year.

Farmer said his party affiliation should not matter. “I hope that wouldn't factor into it, but it may very well,” he said.

Glover, a Democrat, said he supported Beshear. “But I am not a part of state government,” Glover said. “I don't serve in the Senate.”

Baird has been a prosecutor in the Fayette commonwealth's attorney's office since 1996. The native Lexingtonian is an alumna of the University of Kentucky, where she received both her undergraduate and law degrees.

Goodman, an attorney for 28 years, was general counsel for the United States Equestrian Federation Inc. from 2004 to 2007. She was an assistant commonwealth's attorney from 1993 to 1994. She has also been a lawyer in the state attorney general's office.

Goodman received her law degree from the University of Kentucky. She got her undergraduate degree from Transylvania University.

Manning, a Georgia native, has been a prosecutor for 25 years. She said she left the Fayette county attorney's office, where she has worked since 1994, in July to run for the district court vacancy. From 1985 to 1993 she worked at the Fayette commonwealth's attorney's office.

Manning was an assistant district attorney in Cobb County, Ga., from 1983 to 1984.

She has an undergraduate degree from Auburn University and a law degree from Samford University in Alabama.

Baird and Goodman are registered Democrats. Manning is a registered Republican.