Nora Shepherd

Family Court Judge winner Nora Shepherd, left, congratulates fellow election winners Donna Baird, who received the most votes in the Richmond City Commission race, and Greg King, Magistrate District 4 winner.

On Tuesday night, Nora Shepherd’s dream came true.

She was elected the new Family Court Judge for Division 3 of the 25th Circuit, which serves Madison and Clark counties.

“It is my dream job,” Shepherd said. “I’ve always wanted to be a judge.”

In Madison County, Shepherd received almost twice as many votes as Ira Newman, who was appointed last year to the judgeship by Gov. Steve Beshear. Shepherd received 13,260 votes to Newman’s 6,651 votes.

In Clark County, Shepherd got 4,856 votes to Newman’s 2,512.

“I’m very excited,” Shepherd said. “We’ve worked very hard and we had a really good, clean campaign.”

Shepherd, a partner at Sword, Floyd and Moody, said she is very thankful to the voters of Madison and Clark counties for giving her the opportunity to be judge.

“I am ready to get to work and do what I said I would do,” she said.

She was honored, she said, to be on the ballot with Newman, who she called a wonderful man and wonderful public servant.

“My decision to run had nothing to do with Ira Newman,” she said. “This was a choice I made for me and the future of Family Court.”

Shepherd celebrated Tuesday night with an “impromptu gathering” at her father-in-law’s business.

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