Judge Jeff Schumacher said Monday that he will seek re-election as judge of the 19th Judicial District.

Schumacher was appointed to the bench in May by Kentucky Governor Matthew Bevin to fill the unexpired judicial term following the death of Judge Frank H. McCartney. Prior to his appointment, he filled in for McCartney on several occasions.

Schumacher said he has filed a letter of intent with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office announcing that he will be a candidate for the district court seat he now holds in the upcoming 2018 election cycle.

Schumacher presides over Kentucky’s 19th Judicial District, which includes Bracken, Fleming and Mason counties. The district court handles all misdemeanor criminal cases; probate matters; juvenile cases; disability cases; eviction hearings; civil matters under $5,000; and domestic violence petition hearings.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Schumacher practiced law in Mason, Fleming and Bracken counties for 25 years, with the first 10 years of his practice in partnership with the late John W. McNeill in the firm of McNeill and Schumacher, and later as Schumacher Law Office. In addition to his law practice, Schumacher served as an assistant county prosecutor for nine years and as Master Commissioner of the Mason Circuit Court for 15 years.

Schumacher is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. He is married to Stephanie Gantley Schumacher who is the Mason County Clerk, and together they have six children -- Anna, Grace, Jack, Peyton, Emma and Maggie.

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 “After 25 years of law practice, I am enjoying the change and the new challenges that this job presents," Schumacher said.

Filing deadline for candidates seeking office is Jan. 30 at 4 p.m.

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