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Shelby County Family Court Judge John David Myles came out on top in Shelby County in the race for family court judge in the 53rd judicial district, second division, against challengers Susan Meschler and Marie Hellard.
Hellard, however, come out on top overall, with 45 percent of the vote, 7,250, to Myles’ 30 percent, 4,929.
District wide – the district encompasses three counties, Shelby, Anderson and Spencer – Meschler came in with 23 percent of the vote.
In Shelby County, Myles had 34 percent of the vote, followed by Hellard with 33 percent and Meschler with 32 percent.
Since the race is nonpartisan, the top two vote getters, Myles and Hellard, will battle again in the fall.
Myles, 59, was elected in November 2008 as the circuit’s first family court judge, closing more than 7,100 cases filed in the circuit since taking the bench on Jan. 1, 2007, and championed programs to combat the continuing problem of truancy in schools, supported legislation to raise the dropout age in Kentucky and added another layer of protection for kids in crisis by bringing Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) into his courtroom.
Through the Administrative Office of the Court’s Truancy Diversion Program, Myles has gone into middle and high schools across Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties to speak directly to students in danger of dropping out.
Myles could not be reached for comment.
Hellard, 52, an attorney and trial commissioner for Anderson County, is a lifelong resident of Lawrenceburg who has specialized in family law for nearly two decades.
This is her first time running for office, and she cited a desire to do her part to help families with sensitive custody issues.
She could not be reached for comment.
Meschler, 62, an attorney specializing in family law, was making her second run for the seat of family court judge.
The Shelbyville native ran unsuccessfully in 2006.
A Philadelphia native, Meschler said the position of family court judge held a special significance to her because of her background in family law and because of her own personal views.