The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., has announced nominees to fill the Circuit Court judicial vacancy for Bath, Menifee, Montgomery and Rowan counties. The counties make up the 21st Judicial Circuit and the vacancy is in the circuit’s Division 2. It was vacated when Judge Beth Maze retired.

The three nominees for the Circuit Court judgeship are attorneys David A. Barber of Morehead, Elizabeth Haeberle Davis of Mt. Sterling and Stephen E. Neal of Mt. Sterling.

Barber is in private practice with the law firm of Richardson, Barber & Williamson. He has served as a Supreme Court justice, a legal advisor for the Kentucky General Assembly and oversees cases as a member of the Retired Judges Program. He received his juris doctor from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

Davis is a partner in the law practice of James E. Davis & Associates and focuses on family law.

She previously served as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney for Fayette County. She received her juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Neal was in private practice with the law firm of White Peck Carrington for 25 years, retiring in February. He was a partner for most of his time with the firm. He received his juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

The judicial seat became vacant when Judge Beth Lewis Maze retired Oct. 27.

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