Two candidates filed to run in the November 5 nonpartisan special election for one of the seven seats on the Kentucky Supreme Court. Christopher Nickell, a judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and Whitney Westerfield, a Republican member of the Kentucky State Senate, are competing in the general election. The filing deadline was June 4.
The special election will fill the 1st District seat, which was previously held by Bill Cunningham. He resigned from the court on January 31. His term was set to expire in January 2023. A full term on the court is eight years. Cunningham was first elected to the court in 2006 and re-elected in 2014.