There are states where the ballot expressly provides for a partisan ballot. But, what if the state has a non-partisan ballot or even a prohibition against partisan politics in judicial races? In Kentucky, U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar ruled that a candidate for a state district judgeship can say in campaign materials that he’s a conservative Republican.
The ruling in the case of candidate Cameron Blau invalidated a judicial ethics canon barring judicial candidates from stumping for election as a member of a political party, but it was not clear, the Associated Press said, whether the court’s order applied to every judicial candidate.
It also was not clear whether the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission would appeal the new ruling. Jeffrey Mando, a lawyer representing the commission, said, “I think that the canon is important because it supports the (state’s) compelling interest in diminishing the reliance on political parties in the selection of judges and it promotes the nonpartisan nature of judicial elections in Kentucky.”
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