Whitesburg KY

Wright to take oath

Letcher County’s first Kentucky Supreme Court justice will be sworn into office on the steps of the Letcher County Courthouse on Monday afternoon.

Outgoing Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright said Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton will administer the oath of office at 1:30 p.m. on November 23.

“I want it to be here because the people have been so good to me,” said Wright, who has served as Letcher Circuit judge for more than 20 years. “I’d love for any of my friends, supporters, people of Letcher County to come.”

Wright won the 7th District Supreme Court seat by defeating Court of Appeals Judge Janet Stumbo in the November 3 election.

Wright said he will work in an office in Letcher County about three weeks a month and will be in Frankfort the remainder of the time.

Meanwhile, the State Board of Elections on Tuesday certified vote totals from the General Election and issued certificates of election to Wright and other candidates who received the highest number of votes.

More than 982,000 Kentuckians, 30.69% percent of registered voters, cast ballots in the General Election, said Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official.

Grimes also reconvened the Election Integrity Task Force to wrap up its work on the 2015 General Election. Grimes has expanded the task force since taking office, and the State Board worked closely with other federal, state and local officials and agencies to monitor the election and ensure that voters’ rights were preserved.

Pursuant to Kentucky law, the Office of the Attorney General will randomly select six counties in which it will conduct a post-election audit. The drawing to select the counties that will be audited is scheduled for November 19 at 10:30 a.m.

Compiled from Mountain Eagle and Associated Press reports.

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