Politics & Government

Somerset judge announces he’ll run for Kentucky Supreme Court

Supreme Court Chambers at the Capitol in Frankfort.
Supreme Court Chambers at the Capitol in Frankfort. palcala@herald-leader.com

A Somerset judge announced Thursday his intention to run for a seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court.

David Tapp, circuit court judge for Pulaski, Rockcastle and Lincoln counties, is running to represent the Third District, which spans 27 counties in south-central Kentucky. That seat is held by Justice Daniel Venters, who is not seeking re-election.

“I’ve been blessed to serve Kentucky as a judge, and I have more still to contribute,” Tapp said. “I believe in the limited but crucial role that the courts play in our system of government.”

He joins Daniel Ballou, a circuit court judge for McCreary and Whitley counties, in the race.

Tapp said he’s concerned about drugs, crime, poverty, education and underemployment in south-central Kentucky and said he has used his time as a circuit judge to combat some of those problems.

“These issues all play out in our courts,” he said. “And it is our responsibility to address these issues whenever appropriate.”

Tapp has been a circuit court judge since 2005 and has been a police officer, a private attorney, a prosecutor and a district judge. He and his wife, Debbie, have five daughters and one grandchild.

Kentucky Supreme Court justice is a nonpartisan position, and the candidate’s political affiliations do not appear on the ballot. However, Tapp donated $1,500 to Republican Ernie Fletcher’s successful bid for governor in 2003 and was appointed to the U.S. Coordinating Council for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Protection.

Daniel Desrochers: 502-875-3793, @drdesrochers, @BGPolitics