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Judge Armstrong’s last day on bench set for March 16

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By Lisa King
Sentinel-News
Linda Armstrong, district judge of the 53rd Judicial District since 1998, announced her resignation on Feb. 10, with her last day scheduled for March 16.
Armstrong withdrew from the judicial race in the 2014 Election just before the filing deadline in January, citing health issues. She said at that time that she didn’t know if she would serve the remainder of her term, and in last Monday’s statement, she reiterated those concerns.
Her last day on the bench will be March 16, and the decision for replacing her would fall to Gov. Steve Beshear after a complicated judicial process.
“Circuit judges serve eight year terms, and district judges serve four year terms – the elections coincide in 2014 – so that may be a factor in whether to fill this by appointment or whether to just wait until this fall,” Hiatt said.
If the decision is made not to appoint a replacement?
“They would have to assign senior judges or other sitting judges,” Hiatt said.  
Two candidates have filed to replace her in this year’s district judge race: Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell and attorney J.R. RoBards.