This week, we made history in Kentucky.
Since taking office, it has been one of my top priorities to ensure that we stay committed to Persity and inclusivity. In my own Executive Cabinet and beyond, I want to ensure Kentucky has leaders from a variety of backgrounds, heritages and perspectives providing their leadership skills to make our state the best it can possibly be.
What better time, than the week before the Fourth of July, to make a landmark stride for Persity in the Commonwealth?
It is imperative that our court system is reflective of our communities. For far too long, judicial benches across the Commonwealth have been lacking much-needed Persity.
I am proud this week to have had the opportunity to lead the way toward a more inclusive judiciary with the appointment of three talented, capable inPiduals to serve the people of Jefferson County.
Olu Stevens has been appointed Circuit Judge of the 30th Judicial Circuit, Pision 6.
Sadiqa N. Reynolds has been appointed District Judge for the 30th Judicial District, Pision 11.
Erica Lee Williams has been appointed District Judge for the 30th Judicial District, Pision 17.
These record-breaking appointments mark the greatest judicial Persity in Jefferson County history, as well as the greatest Persity ever seen by any Kentucky county.
Prior to these appointments, since the inception of the unified court system in Kentucky in 1975, only a total of eight African-Americans have been elected as a judge of the circuit or district court statewide.
We're taking big steps in the right direction.
Let's keep going.