Logan County Attorney Joe Ross and Joe Hendricks, an attorney in Logan County, will be seeking the circuit judge seat that represents Todd and Logan counties in the 7th Judicial Circuit.

Current Circuit Court Judge Tyler L. Gill is retiring July 31, and the election to fill that vacancy will take place during the upcoming general election slated for Nov. 5.

A native of Logan County, Hendricks is a 1995 graduate of the Georgia State University College of Law, where he interned with the U.S. attorney's office and assisted in the prosecution of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in federal court.

He served as an assistant district attorney for the Appalachian Circuit of Georgia and was elected the circuit's chief prosecuting attorney in 2004. During his career, he has been lead counsel for more than 50 jury trials and for cases involving murder and organized crime. He also has served as lead counsel for more than 100 cases handled through the circuit's Drug Court and was chairman of the control board for the local Drug Task Force.

Hendricks is currently a partner at Brooks and Hendricks, a general law practice in Russellville, and for the last five years has

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helped families with estate planning, civil litigation, family law, and criminal defense. He has more than a decade's experience prosecuting felony criminal cases and has practiced criminal defense in private practice.

He is married to Kaye Hendricks, a teacher at Chandlers Elementary School in Russellville.

Ross, who became Logan County attorney in 2010, began his career in the circuit court judge's office as Gill's first full-time staff attorney. He went on to become a prosecutor in the office of the late Commonwealth's Attorney Charles Orange until his 2010 election as county attorney.

During those same years, he served in the Todd County attorney's office and in the law offices of Harold M. Johns. Additionally, he was a partner in the law firm of Ross and Williams and now is a partner with Ross and Teel with current Assistant Logan County Attorney Elizabeth Teel.

On Tuesday, Ross filed a notice of intent with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance to campaign for the circuit judge seat in Logan and Todd counties when that vacancy is available.

He and his wife, Amy Ross, live in Russellville.

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