Venters' Supreme Court seat now undisputed

A Hyden lawyer who was running for retired Chief Justice Joseph Lambert's state Supreme Court seat has withdrawn from the race, according to the secretary of state's Web site.

Leonard Brashear's withdrawal means that Justice Daniel J. Venters, of Somerset, is certain to keep his seat.

Venters was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear in August. He will now be the only candidate on the ballot for the November election to fill the remainder of Lambert's term, which expires in 2010.

Lambert retired in June.

Venters represents the third Supreme Court District, which comprises 27 south-central Kentucky counties.

Brashear did not return a phone message seeking comment.

"I am delighted that he made that choice, because it allows me now to focus my attention on doing my work as a justice on the state Supreme Court," Venters said. "It frees my time to devote myself to that without having to focus on the election campaign."