Former Prosecutors and Judges Endorse Nageleisen as Clear Choice for Kenton County Attorney

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Nageleisen is a Lifelong Kenton County Resident, a Former Prosecutor, and has been in private practice as an Attorney for over 20 years.

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“I am simply overwhelmed by the support from my colleagues in the profession, especially from former judges and prosecutors..."

The Kenton County Republican Primary is May 20, 2014. One of the key races on tap is the race for the Kenton County Attorney Position. The current County Attorney, Garry Edmonson is retiring after four terms as the Kenton County Attorney.

Candidates for the race are Donald Nageleisen, Stacey Tapke, and Sharif Abdrabbo.

Tapke is Garry Edmonson’s Law Partner at Edmondson and Associates in Covington, Kentucky. ( ) Tapke, born and raised in Indiana, received her Law degree in 2004 from University of Maryland, and immediately was employed by Edmonson that same year. (

Abdrabbo, born and raised in New Jersey, served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1994 to 2004 in New York, Maryland, and Louisiana. He received his law degree in 2005. (

Nageleisen’s lifelong residency in Kenton County, his experience as a prosecutor, and is noteworthy accomplishments as a trial lawyer over the past 25 years, have earned him the respect and endorsement from some of Northern Kentucky’s top former prosecutors and judges.

William “Bill” Crockett, former Chief Prosecutor for 7 years under – none other than Gary Edmonson - and former Kenton County Commonwealth’s attorney, recently posted an enthusiastic endorsement for Nageleisen on his Facebook Page:

"Kenton County has a clear choice for a change in the County Attorney's race in the Republican Primary on May 20th. Don Nageleisen is not the hand picked successor to the incumbent. If I were County Attorney, I would have picked Chuck Vaughn as the heir apparent. I served proudly in Garry Edmondson's administration for 7 years as chief prosecutor and Garry Edmondson has done a great job during his 20 years. But Ms. Tapke is not Garry Edmondson...she is a very nice individual, but remains a Hoosier transplant."

Crockett continued in his endorsement.....

"If you remember, Garry ran on a pledge that he would only serve two terms. When he felt voters would not remember, he changed to the Republican Party and adopted the theme, two terms as a Democrat and two terms as a Republican.

Nageleisen has lived in Kenton County his entire life. He deserves your support and vote to bring new vision to the office. Instead of defending lawsuits and paying huge legal fees to local law firms (why do you think they are giving $1000 each to Tapke) the County should use Nageleisen's expertise in civil court as a proven trial lawyer. Don worked for John Elfers as a assistant after graduation from Chase in 1988. He knows the system, understands the rights of individuals, the concept of the people's court, and possesses the wisdom of life's experience.

Welcome Don when he or his friends/family come knocking at your door. He deserves your consideration. He is worthy of your vote. If you are a Democrat, you have a few more days to change and cast a ballot for Nageleisen, for the people. Thank you...Bill Crockett, Retired Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney."

Bill is in not alone in endorsing Nageleisen. Don also has support of numerous former local prosecutors and judges, including Retired Circuit Court Judge Stanley Billingsley, Grant, Owen, and Carroll County; John Elfers, Former Kenton County Attorney; James Godsey Former Kenton County District Court Judge and assistant Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney; C.J.Victor former Boone County Assistant County Attorney; Henry Kramer former Kenton County Assistant County Attorney; David Drake former Kenton County Assistant County Attorney; Martin J. Huelsmann former Kenton County Assistant County Attorney; and Daniel Braun Former Assistant Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

Crockett’s comments about paying huge fees to local law firms is likely in in reference to Edmonson’s predisposition to retain outside counsel such as Chris Nordloh of Nordloh Law, and Adams Stepner Wolterman and Dusing, two Covington Law Firms, to defend the County in numerous civil matters, rather than simply handling these himself, as County attorney. Records on file with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance show that Nordloh donated $1000.00 to the Tapke Campaign in March 2013. According to those same records attorneys with Adams Stepner Wolterman and Dusing donated a total of at least $3,000.00 to the Tapke Campaign. These included, Mary Ann Stewart, Ben Dusing, Scott Guenther, and Jeff Mando – all partners with that firm who donated $1000.00 each to Tapke.

Said Don in a recent interview, “I am simply overwhelmed by the support from my colleagues in the profession, especially from former judges and prosecutors. More than anyone, these individuals know the role of the County attorney, and their faith and trust in me to represent the County is something that I am very proud of.”

The Primary is May 20, 2014 in Kenton County. To find your voting location see Kentucky’s Board of Elections Voter Information Center at

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