By Wayne Allen
August 14, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
Portsmouth Municipal Judge Russell Kegley has announced his intentions to run for the office of Scioto County Probate/Juvenile Judge. Current Scioto County Probate/Juvenile Judge Jim Kirsch has announced his retirement at the end of his term Feb. 8, 2015.
“I was Judge Kirsch’s first magistrate for seven years. My whole career I’ve been involved with youth causes. I’ve coached youth sports including basketball and baseball for about 10 years. I was the mock trial coach at Valley (Local Schools) for 15 years and still have a scholarship out there,” Kegley said.
Kegley said it felt natural for him to run for this position.
“I told the folks when I left there (Probate Court), that I wanted to some back someday. A lot of the good folks I worked with are still there,” Kegley said.
Kegley has been a municipal judge for the last 10 and a half years and would not have to resign from the position to run for this office.
“I was appointed in January of 2003 and was elected that year and was reelected in 2005 and 2011,” Kegley said.
With his current term coming up in 2017.
When asked if it was an easy decision to decide to run for this position, Kegley said, “The answer to that is yes and no. It really was an easy decision because it’s something I’ve been looking forward to now for 15 years. The no part of that is, I really like the job I have here and I like working with Judge (Steven) Mowery and the people we have here.”
Kegley said if elected, he would continue a lot of the policies Judge Kirsch has put into place and plans to maintain a continuity in the court.
Kegley has already received the endorsement of the Tri-State Building and Construction Trades in his candidacy for the position.
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