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Bevin Appoints Blau to Judge's Seat; Field for Permanent Replacement Grows

Governor Matt Bevin on Friday announced that he has appointed Cameron Blau, an assistant Campbell County attorney, to the Campbell County District Court judge's seat previously held by Greg Popovich, who stepped down.

Blau had previously announced his candidacy for the seat which will be on the November ballot. He lost to Popovich in 2014.

“I am confident that Cameron’s appointment as District Judge will serve the citizens of the 17th District well,” Bevin said in a statement. "He brings to the job great experience in driving efficiency as well as a commitment to serving and protecting the community. These attributes will be critical to success in his new role.”

“I want to thank Gov. Bevin for his trust in appointing me as District Judge to the 17th Judicial District, and the Judicial Nominating Commission for giving me this opportunity,” said Blau, in a news release. “I have spent over a decade serving Campbell County, a place I am proud to call home, as the Chief Assistant County Attorney, and I look forward to continuing my service to our community as our next District Court Judge.  I promise that my courtroom will reflect the values instilled in me by my father, Bernard Blau, and grandfather, Ed Blau, which are ethics, integrity and respect.”

Blau currently resides in Alexandria with his wife, Marla Twehues Blau, and their two young sons, Logan and Colin.

On Wednesday, Campbell County Attorney Steve Franzen said that Blau would be missed from his office, where the newly appointed judge had handled district court cases. "I congratulate him, but he has a left a hole in our office that we're going to have to fill," Franzen said at the Campbell County Fiscal Court meeting.

Meanwhile, the field for November's election has grown. Newport City Commissioner John Hayden, who was also one of three finalists for Bevin's appointment (along with attorney Bob Monfort), is a candidate, along with attorneys Joe Grimme and Abby Voelker, who previously announced their candidacies. The latest attorney to jump in the race is Andrea Janovic, of Ft. Thomas. She announced her candidacy last week.

“It has been my good fortune to have appeared on both sides of many types of cases over the years, such as representing landlords or tenants, estates, as well as contestants to the estate, domestic violence victims as well as those accused of perpetrating domestic violence. This varied experience is critical for a district court judge. I am ready and willing to take on this challenge,” Janovich said in an announcement.
 
Janovic is also known for her role with the Friends of Evergreen Cemetery committee. She was the Democratic nominee for Campbell County Property Valuation Administrator in 2014.
 
-Staff report
Photo: Cameron Blau (provided)