By Wayne Allen
The winner of the republican primary on Tuesday between Russ Kegley and Alan Lemons will essentially be the next Scioto County Juvenile/Probate Judge, because of no democratic challenger in November.
Current Scioto County Juvenile/Probate Judge James Kirsch has announced his intentions to retire at the end of his current term.
Russ Kegley is currently a Judge in Portsmouth Municipal Court and hopes to be elected Scioto County Juvenile/Probate Judge to continue his work.
“I worked there (Scioto County Juvenile/Probate Court) for seven years back in the 90s. I was Judge Kirsch’s first magistrate, I loved the work, loved working with children,” Kegley said. “At that point I had been involved for a while in a number of youth causes as a baseball coach. I’ve coached boys and girls basketball coach, I’ve been a mock trial advisor and a big brother through the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program.”
Kegley said he has always been involved with kids and youth causes throughout the community.
Lemons is the current Magistrate in Scioto County Juvenile/Probate Court.
“I have always been blessed with enjoying my work. My work before magistrate, I did not think could be any more fun or any better and then I took this job (magistrate),” Lemons said. “This job has to be the best job around. Living in this county makes this job harder because of the afflictions we have however, it makes it better because this job has a great impact on the children and on the issues that face the children.”
Lemons said the one major issue that faces the area is drugs.
“Drug addictions that they (children) suffer and the drug addictions their parents suffer,” Lemons said.
Lemons said it was not long after the was appointed magistrate he developed a passion for the work and the job.
“I’ve been told we can’t fix them all, but I won’t stop trying to fix them all,” Lemons said. “I’m going to try to fix everyone of these families. I want to be judge because I want to help the children and the community with this epidemic of drug addiction and use.”
The primary election will be held on May 6. The winner of the primary election will proceed to the November general election unopposed.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.