Letcher Judge Wright elected to Supreme Court

Longtime Letcher County Circuit Judge Sam Wright has been elected to the state Supreme Court after a bitter campaign.

Wright beat Janet Stumbo, a former Supreme Court justice now on the state’s Court of Appeals, in a race that drew ire from campaign watchers who push for decorum in judicial elections.

Wright described himself as a "law and order judge" and painted his opponent as a liberal jurist who "sides with criminals." Judicial races in Kentucky are nonpartisan, and Stumbo defended her record as being willing to make unpopular decisions if the law requires it.

Wright campaigned on his two decades of experience as a trial court judge and his success building a drug court program, which he said drastically cut rates of recidivism in Letcher County.

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