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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Harrison Democrat Roger Davis out of judge race"

Grace Schneider reports for the Louisville Courier Journal:

Harrison Superior Judge Roger Davis is dropping his bid for a fourth term, a decision that immediately raised doubts about whether the Democratic Party can hold the seat in the Nov. 4 general election.

Davis confirmed in a brief phone interview Monday morning that he intends to officially withdraw within a week, and had informed a few potential candidates and Jim Kincaid, Harrison County’s Democratic central committee chairman, on July 2. He told his court staff July 3, before the holiday weekend.

Davis declined to discuss the reason, saying he’d release a statement after he files documents to officially withdraw. Phone messages left for Kincaid were not returned.

Davis, 58, who is completing his third six-year term, would have faced Republican Joseph L. Claypool, a first-time candidate who works as an agent for the Indiana Gaming Commission at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana riverboat casino.

Claypool, 64, said his plan is to run a campaign that focuses on his experience and qualifications, not an opponent, so he expects Davis’ withdrawal won’t change much for him. * * *

Several political observers predicted Davis would face a tough re-election battle. Republicans took to Facebook and other social media to rage about Davis’ 64-year sentence in March for a Kentucky man convicted of 20 counts of child molesting.

The prosecution had asked for 214 years, but Davis said in court that since new state laws take effect this summer that significantly reduce prison terms for sex crimes, consecutive terms of 32 years for the crimes against each female victim were more appropriate. * * *

[I]n Floyd County, three key ballot spots went unfilled for judicial positions and prosecuting attorney. Superior Court 1 Judge Susan Orth and Superior Court 3 Judge Maria Granger, as well as prosecutor Keith Henderson, face no opposition this fall.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 8, 2014 09:56 AM
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