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Kenton County Family Court Judge

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    Dawn Gentry

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    Terri King Schoborg

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Campaign Phone (859) 444-8751
Age 38
City/town Edgewood, Kentucky
Education/Degrees BA, JD
Endorsements NKFJ
Campaign Message The Committee to Keep Judge Dawn Gentry proudly announces her pursuit to maintain her appointed position of Kenton County Family Court Judge, Division Five. Judge Gentry is an experienced, fair, compassionate member of the judiciary. Before her appointment in December 2016, Judge Gentry was well respected as family law attorney. She dedicated her extensive legal work to the protection of families and children’s rights. Judge Gentry has made significant improvements to Family Court over the last year. She has saved tax payers money by implementing changes to the attorney appointment process and requirements for fee reimbursements. Judge Gentry has increased litigation movement by dedicating one day per week to all juvenile matters, as well as, dedicating one day per month to assist schools in dealing with truancy issues. These changes have help to streamline access to her courtroom. Judge Gentry provides efficient legal hearings and sustains an organized daily schedule. Furthermore, Judge Gentry has hired a strong staff dedicated to the needs of families she serves. Her Case Specialist conducts mediations to help conflicted families settle their disputes without extensive litigation. Judge Dawn Gentry and her loving husband have two beautiful daughters. The Gentrys have a strong bond to their community. They enjoy spending time with family and friends. Dawn’s family is heavily involved in local outreach, community athletics, preforming arts, and their church. They are dedicated to the growth of Kenton County’s community values. Judge Dawn Gentry values your support in keeping her as Judge of Kenton County Family Court. For the many ways you can support Judge Gentry please contact the Committee to Keep Judge Gentry at (859) 444-8751or
I have been Kenton County’s Family Court Judge for two years. I implemented numerous changes to court operation to improve efficiency and effectiveness that has SAVED taxpayers a MILLION DOLLARS. I streamlined the court docket to provide fair and efficient hearings for everyone who comes in front of me. I have established an on-staff mediator at zero cost to the litigants. Meditation provides attorneys and litigants the option to settled disagreements without lengthy court hearings, saving them money and time while assisting them in making the best choices for their life. I continue to collaborate with public and private agencies to create a better system of helping families. I handled all areas of family law cases for over a decade before earning the privilege to serve as Kenton County’s Family Court Judge. I will continue to use that knowledge and experience on the bench.
My personal story makes me uniquely qualified to continue to serve as Kenton County’s Family Court Judge. From my early experience as a young child who experienced the court system, I have firsthand knowledge of the importance Family Court role plays for children and families. My background gave me a personal understanding of what children experience when their parents divorce. From these life experience, I gained valuable knowledge of continual involvement and collaborative parenting in the lives children. I understand the early impacts successful parenting can provide children regardless of difficulties. I am a living example of that truth. These experiences drove me to be a lifelong advocate for families and led me to become a family law attorney prior to being chosen as a Judge over 15 other candidates. I am a graduate of Covington Latin School, Northern Kentucky University, and Salmon P. Chase College of Law. I am a wife and working mother.
Campaign Phone (859) 431-0170
Age 57
City/town Life long resident of Kenton County. I currently reside Covington,Kentucky.
Education/Degrees High School, Villa Madonna Academy 1979. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Economics Georgetown College, 1982. Juris Doctor Degree, Salmon P. Chase College of Law 1985.
Community Involvement Through the years I have been active in organizations such as the Jaycees, Latonia Business Association, Kenton County Foster Care Review Board, and Oak Ridge Baptist Church. Also volunteer activities with my children at Calvary Christian School, St. Agnes, Covington Catholic, Notre Dame Academy, Clippers Swimming and Northern Kentucky Swim League.
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Campaign Message My legal and life experience give me the insight and wisdom to make the tough decisions entrusted to a family court judge.
Both my passion and my expertise are in Kenton County Family Court. For over 3 decades, I have worked diligently on thousands of child protection law cases in Kenton County. I have represented both fathers and mothers in every type of family law case. I have served as a panel attorney for child protection cases since its inception in 1988. Over the years, at least ten judges in Kenton County have put their trust in me by appointing me to represent children in all types of family law cases. The family court has tremendous responsibility and power. In addition to child protection cases, the family court decides termination of parental rights, child custody, and adoption. A family court judge makes critical decisions, and with this power comes the opportunity to positively affect lives through fair and insightful rulings. I am seeking this Office because I have dedicated myself to helping families in Kenton County and I believe this is the natural extension of my life's work.
I have 33 years legal experience. More experience than the other two candidates combined. In my private practice, I have extensive trial experience including family law, criminal law and personal injury. Through the years there has been an increasing focus on child protection law. I have 5 years experience acting in a judicial capacity. During my tenure as a hearing officer for the Kentucky Personnel Board, I conducted evidentiary hearings and issued recommended findings of fact and conclusions of and orders in cases concerning state merit system employees. I am dedicated to the Kenton County community. By judicial appointment I served as a member and chairperson of the Kenton County Foster Care Review Board for 7 years. I have always served in leadership positions at my church and I currently and have for the past 31 years taught Sunday School to children. I understand the commitment it takes to raise successful children. I have been married for 26 years and have 3 adult children.
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