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Second Candidate Announces Bid to Replace Campbell District Judge

A second candidate has thrown his hat in the ring for the soon-to-be-open Campbell County District Judgeship that will be vacated by Gregory Popovich who announced his retirement last week.

Cameron Blau, the chief assistant Campbell County Attorney who was defeated by Popovich in 2014, announced Thursday that he will give it another go. On Wednesday, Newport City Commissioner John Hayden also announced his candidacy.

“One evening, many years ago,” Blau said in a news release, “during my first year of law school, I received a phone call expecting it to be my father, Bernie Blau.  However, instead of hearing my father’s voice, I heard what would eventually become a very familiar voice, Judge Greg Popovich, who was out with my father and wanted to know what I was doing in law school and jokingly suggested the medical field as a more lucrative and intelligent alternative. Now, almost 17 years past that unexpected phone call, I would never have guessed that I would have spent the last ten years as an Assistant County Attorney practicing in front of Judge Popovich, and I truly wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Blau is a lifelong resident of Campbell County, son of late attorney Bernard J. Blau, and grandson of the late Edward J. Blau, a former Campbell Circuit Court Clerk. Blau has been responsible for the Criminal Division for the past ten years.

He is also the city attorney in Silver Grove and lives in Alexandria with his wife Maria Twehues Blau and their two sons, Logan and Colin.

Blau notes in his announcement that he was awarded the 2010 Assistant County Attorney of the Year and the 2011 Recognition Award for Outstanding Service in the Protection of Elders at Risk of Abuse from the Northern Kentucky Area Agency on Aging and Independent/Elder Maltreatment Alliance Committee. He is a founding board member of the Northern Kentucky Regional Mental Health Court, and assisted in the creation and implementation of the Veteran’s Diversion Program that has recently blossomed into a full Veterans Treatment Court to assist our local veterans.

Blau is currently the judicial administrator of the eWarrant and eEPO system throughout the County and assisted in the implementation of this system throughout the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky to drive efficiency and to allow the law enforcement agencies to better serve and protect the community.

“Above everything else, my wife, children, and I are vested in this community. For more than 170 years, the Blau family has proudly raised our children in Campbell County. I believe I have the experience, commitment, energy, and judicial temperament to serve as the next Campbell County District Judge," he said in a statement. "I promise the same passion, dedication, and 24-7 commitment I have delivered for the past ten years as chief prosecutor in the County Attorney’s Office. I promise to preside over a dignified and courteous courtroom where accountability is expected, fairness prevails, and justice is served.”

-Staff report

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