September PIP to feature Supreme Court Race

Published Monday, August 26, 2019

September PIP to feature Supreme Court Race

A political forum for the Kentucky Supreme Court will be the program for the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Power in Partnership breakfast on September 5 at 7:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Julian Carroll Convention Center. Whitlow Roberts Houston and Straub is the sponsor.

The program will feature Court of Appeals Judge Shea Nickell and State Senator Whitney Westerfield, candidates for the Kentucky Supreme Court. Additionally members of Leadership Paducah Class 33 will be introduced. 

Judge Shea Nickell is a graduate of DePauw University and the University of Kentucky College of Law.  He has been an attorney for over 35 years and is licensed to practice in all Kentucky state and federal courts and the United States Supreme Court. In 1995, the Kentucky Bar Association honored Judge Nickell as its “Outstanding Kentucky Young Attorney.”

Prior to becoming an appellate judge, Judge Nickell worked 22 years as a trial attorney, public advocate, prosecutor, and college instructor.  He served as Assistant McCracken County Attorney and has taught legal courses on insurance and risk management in the Economics Department at Murray State University.

For the past 13 years, Judge Nickell has served the 24 counties of the First Appellate District on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, sitting on over 2,800 appeals, authoring over 965 opinions, and having only 21 of those authored opinions set aside in whole or in part.  In recognition of his skill and leadership, his fellow judges elected him Chief Judge Pro Tem.  Judge Nickell is married to Dr. Carolyn Watson, a Paducah pathologist.

Senator Whitney Westerfield is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Southern Illinois University School of Law.  He has served in the Kentucky State Senate since 2012 as a representative of the citizens of Christian, Todd, and Logan counties. In addition to serving over five years as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, he maintains a private civil practice, serving clients all over Western Kentucky.

Senator Westerfield currently serves as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a member of the Capital Planning Advisory Board, Tobacco Fund Settlement Oversight, Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy, Veterans/Military Affairs/Public Protection and the Program Review & Investigations Committees in the State Senate. In 2013, he served as Co-Chairman of the Juvenile Code Reform Task Force and during the 2014 Regular Session sponsored Senate Bill 200, reflecting the work of the Task Force and bringing about the largest reform to Kentucky's juvenile justice system in 30 years.  He owns a small row crop farm in North Christian County with his five brothers.  He and his wife, Amanda, have two children. 

Attendees are asked to follow these guidelines:

  • No campaign banners, brochures, buttons, pens or other campaign materials or promotion activities will be permitted by attendees or candidates.
  • Supporters must be respectful and courteous. No unruly behavior will be allowed.  Those who do not follow these rules will be asked to leave.
  • Recorded images may not be utilized for advertising or marketing purposes by the candidates or their campaigns
  • The audience will be asked to remain silent during the Forum and to refrain from responding to any candidate’s answers or comments.

 Attendees who are not a Chamber Power Card holder, should make reservations by Tuesday, September 3, by 5 p.m. online at, email or call the Chamber at 443-1746.

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