Craft appointed circuit judge in Letcher County

Whitesburg lawyer James Wiley Craft II has been appointed circuit judge for Letcher County, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday.

Craft replaces Sam Wright, who resigned after winning election to the state Supreme Court last November.

Craft is a 1990 graduate of the University of Kentucky and a 1994 graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, according to Bevin’s office.

Craft has practiced law in Letcher County for more than 20 years in a variety of capacities and is the longtime president of the county bar association.

Craft and his wife, Kimberly Collier, have two children. Craft’s father, James Wiley Craft, is mayor of Whitesburg and a former commonwealth’s attorney.