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Boone County Family Court Judge

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    Jennifer Dusing

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    Bonnie Rickert

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    Howard Tankersley

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    Greta Hoffman Walker

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Campaign Phone (859) 334-0136
Age 40
City/town Union, KY
Education/Degrees Juris Doctor from University of Kentucky College of Law; Bachelor of Arts from Hanover College
Community Involvement Board Member of the Women's Crisis Center of Northern Kentucky since 2010; Fellow with the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys since 2014; Member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Northern Kentucky Bar Association, and the Academy of Northern Kentucky Collaborative Professionals; former Board Member of the Northern Kentucky Bar Association; former Mediator through Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts.
Endorsements Endorsed by the Northern Kentuckians for the Judiciary (www.nkfj.org) as the Most Qualified Candidate for Boone/Gallatin Family Court Judge.
Campaign Message "Children First - Justice Always" Jennifer Dusing understands the importance of families and children in our community and is committed to serving our community through this position.
I want to serve our community and believe that given my personal and professional experience as a wife, mother, adoptive mother, and a family law attorney, this position of family court judge is the best opportunity for me to do so. I am committed to the children and families in our community and have the experience and integrity necessary for this position.
I have committed my legal practice to family law and have represented hundreds of individuals and children in all elements of family court for over thirteen years. I began my legal career in family court as the staff attorney in Boone/Gallatin Family Court. I am a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, a national organization of adoption attorneys. I have also been endorsed as the most qualified candidate by the Northern Kentuckians for the Judiciary, a nonprofit organization committed to maintaining and improving the quality of judges in northern Kentucky. I have the family law experience, the commitment, and the judicial temperament necessary for the important position of family court judge and I ask for your vote November 6th.
Age 47
City/town Florence
Education/Degrees Juris Doctor; B.A. in Organizational Studies; Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology; and Certification in Radiation Therapy
Community Involvement Boone County Board of Education and President of the Board for GO Pantry
Campaign Message Bonnie Rickert is family-focused, fair and dedicated to her community. She will make informed decisions applying the law as it is written, protecting the interests and future of the children.
My desire to serve as the newest Family Court Judge comes through my deep commitment to family, my years of public service and having first-hand knowledge of the needs of our youth. First, my focus has always been on doing what is right for children. This is seen through my work with the schools and GO Pantry. I want to serve as Family Court Judge so I can apply my legal knowledge in helping children. Second, I know that I will be fair and apply the law as it is written, based upon the evidence presented. I will work hard to make the future of children and families in our community brighter. Third, I want to utilize my organizational skills to run an administratively efficient courtroom and docket. I have the experience, knowledge and judicial temperament to be Family Court Judge and our children and community deserve nothing less. These are a few reasons why I have chosen to run for Family Court Judge.
My record shows that I am family-focused, fair and dedicated to making a positive impact on children. As a school board member when confronted with tough decisions, I do not sit idle but I take the responsibility given to me and make decisions to protect the welfare of our children. I have sat as a trier of facts in handling expulsion hearings, dealing with real life in home conditions of the youth, making me the only candidate with expertise in a quasi-judicial role. My 17 years of law practice provides me the understanding of the law and its application to each unique set of facts. I have the experience to make the tough decisions on the bench. My experience gives me an understanding of the issues that children and families encounter in the classroom and courtroom. I understand the importance of making timely decisions that provide justice. I am dedicated to this community and helping children and families overcome barriers to reach success. I will serve with honesty and integrity.
Campaign Phone (859) 468-9281
Age 56
City/town Burlington
Education/Degrees BA, JD
Community Involvement Active Duty Military, Honorably Discharged, U.S.C.G., 1986. Northern Kentucky Bar Association, Board Member and Past President. Dinsmore Homestead Foundation, Board Member and Past President. Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Volunteer Reader. Volunteer Blood Donor.
Campaign Message Children and Family First
The reason I want to serve as Family Court Judge is just that, because I want to serve. My years of service as an attorney, and as an attorney advocating for children, my history of service to my community and my active duty service in the armed forces of the United States have prepared me to serve as Judge. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to do my best to make a positive difference in the lives of the children that come before me, and everyone that needs the services of the Family Court.
As an attorney at the Children's Law Center, where I exclusively represent children, I have gained experience and wisdom that I will bring to the bench. I have special knowledge that the interests of children are paramount in Family Court, and I will see to it that their interests come first. And, my many years of service, to my country, my community and my profession, my respect for the law and for our system of justice set me apart.
Campaign Phone (859) 568-3223
Age 53
City/town Florence, KY 41042
Education/Degrees B.S. in Management; B.S. in Information Systems; J.D. in Law; all from Northern Kentucky University and Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
Community Involvement Board Member of Brighton Center; Former Board Member and Vice President of Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission; Former Board Member of Family Promise; Former Parent Member of Site Base Decision Making Counsel of Ryland Heights Elementary; Graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky, 2007, the best class ever; Volunteer for various community, school and church events and sports teams.
Campaign Message The candidate with the life experience and professional experience best to serve as Family Court Judge in Boone and Gallatin Counties.
I believe voters deserve a Family Court Judge with significant experience practicing family law, especially in the areas of divorce and custody, as well as relevant real life experience. If we had a broken leg, we wouldn't go to a heart doctor for treatment. Likewise, if we need a divorce or have a custody issue, we typically don't look for a criminal, federal, adoption, or civil litigation attorney. Divorce and custody are the majority of issues handled in Family Court. The person elected to this position will impact every member of our community for years to come. The outcome of this race is personally important to me. I have worked in nearly all areas of family law for more than 16 years, mostly in the areas of divorce and custody. I am also one of only two candidates that have suffered the effects of divorce and/or custody issues, and the difficulties of blending a family after remarriage. I care about what people go through in family court, and I want to help.
I have represented parties in almost every area of family law for 16 years including divorce, custody, child support, adoption, child protection, grandparent's rights, domestic violence, and prenuptial agreements. I've represented parents, grandparents, step parents, children, disabled persons, imprisoned persons, and addicts. I've served as a pro bono attorney, a warning order attorney, and a Guardian ad Litem. I am a state certified mediator and a certified collaborative lawyer. My entire practice is centered around helping families. My prior work experience in management, bookkeeping, payroll and taxes helps me understand complicated property and income issues for divorce settlement and child support calculations. My personal experience with divorce, custody and remarriage gives me insight to the emotional and financial impact upon the parties involved in family court. I would draw upon all of these experiences as a Judge, and I believe they make me the best candidate.
If you need any help as a candidate, please email Carl Weiser at cweiser@enquirer.com