- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Two judges in eastern Kentucky have filed to run for an open seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court.

WYMT-TV (http://bit.ly/180vgYa) reports Janet Stumbo, a Floyd County native who sits on the Court of Appeals, and Letcher County Circuit Court Judge Sam Wright are running for the position.

The winner will take the place of Justice Will T. Scott, who stepped down earlier this month to run for governor.

Stumbo touted her previous experience on the Supreme Court, where she served for 11 years.

“I loved that work and the importance of it and the importance of having a well-balanced court,” she said.

Stumbo said political pressure won’t sway her.

“I made sure from day one that I don’t do that,” she said. “This is too important a job to make it a political job.”

Wright said his 20 years of experience as a circuit judge set him apart.

“If you’ve never sat as a trial judge, you’ve never gone through that, the fire storm, the immediate issues that are going on with it. You don’t have the insight,” he said.

He also noted his success at developing a drug court.

“Of all the people that have graduated my drug court since 2004, I’ve only had two come back on new arrests,” he said.

The special election to fill the vacancy is set to take place during the primary election on May 19.

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Information from: WYMT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews

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