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Doreen Goodwin, Joni Bottorff

Occupation

Family Court Judge, 12th Judicial Circuit

City of residence

La Grange

Website or Facebook page

www.judgedoreengoodwin.com

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Keep Family Court Judge Doreen Goodwin

Education, degrees or experience

-J.D. University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law;

-Staff Attorney, Hon. Dennis Fritz

-23 years private practice with primary focus in family law

- 13 years Master Commissioner

-Six years Family Court Judge

Community involvement

Project Guild

What would be your top priority if elected?

I will continue to provide each case before me the time, attention and professionalism the parties deserve; carefully listening to both parties; weighing the evidence presented; applying the law and rendering a fair decision. I recognize there is always room for improvement in all we do. In a Circuit with an average of 1,100 cases filed in family court per year, I will also continue to work on a system to timely provide orders. This includes continuing to utilize nights and weekends to complete them. As family court judge, I am also on call 24/7 to accept domestic violence petitions and emergency custody orders. I will continue to be available for these urgent matters.

What is the biggest issue facing this office?

Substance misuse is a major issue facing our families. It impacts relationships. It puts children at risk and they suffer as a result of it. Although services are available to help the addicted individual, each person has to be willing and able to benefit from those services to overcome the addiction. Undoubtedly this is a daunting task for the addicted person. The ultimate function of the Court is to review the facts of the particular family and order what is best for the children. Additional resources are always welcome to aid the family.

Joni Bottorff

Occupation

Attorney and business owner

City of residence

Buckner

Website or Facebook page

https://joni4judge.com/

https://www.facebook.com/joniforjudge/

Education, degrees or experience

I received my Juris Doctor from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in Louisville. As a law student I served on the University of Louisville Law Review and edited articles written by internationally-recognized experts. I was also a member of the moot court board and I was one of two students selected by law professors and trained by practicing attorneys to compete nationally on the basis of ability to advise, counsel and elicit information from clients in a mock counseling situation. I attended undergrad at the University of Louisville where I was a Dean's Scholar and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science / Urban and Regional Analysis. I am a graduate of Oldham County High School.

Political experience

While this is my first political race, I have always been civic-minded and interested in helping people in our community. I have held board positions with the Oldham County YMCA and Good News Homes and served as a volunteer with the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic and with the CEELI Institute in Prague to promote the rule of law in Central and Eastern Europe.

Community involvement

I am a single mom of two very active children, attorney, business owner and volunteer in our community. Like a lot of other parents, I spend a lot of time supporting youth sports, raising my family, being involved at Church and enjoying our wonderful community. I am a member of La Grange Presbyterian Church, a member of the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce and operate my own law firm in Crestwood, a title company with operations in Kentucky and Indiana and I own a 1031 exchange company. I am an Oldham County graduate and my family has been in Oldham County for at least seven generations. I believe our families are the backbone of this community and the better the families are doing the better our schools and community will be.

What would be your top priority if elected?

Putting the best interest of the child first and timely orders. I have personally been through our family court system for the last six years. That experience has given me the valuable insight to know how important it is to have a family court that is genuinely there to meet the needs of children and families. I know that you can't rebuild your life and provide stability for your children without timely orders. I know this all too well. Families cannot wait two years to receive child support. Families should not have to wait four to five years to adopt. The best interest of the child and timely orders would be my focus.

What is the biggest issue facing this office?

With regards to our Family Court there are two big issues. The needs and safety of the children are largely disregarded and our families are waiting literally years to receive simple orders from the court. The delay in receiving orders has largely privatized our family court system and forced our families to pay large sums in attorney fees and for mediators, who are not judges and do not have to abide by the Judicial Canons to do the job that our elected Judge should be doing instead. Our families should not have to go bankrupt trying to get a simple child support order in place.