Barring any last-minute change in plans, it appears that the Democratic judicial committee will support the Republican choice for the vacant judge’s seat on the 26th Judicial Circuit.

It is an unusual move but one that is in the best interests of the circuit and the people it serves, according to Democratic members of the judicial committee.


Barring any last-minute change in plans, it appears that the Democratic judicial committee will support the Republican choice for the vacant judge’s seat on the 26th Judicial Circuit.
It is an unusual move but one that is in the best interests of the circuit and the people it serves, according to Democratic members of the judicial committee.
The Republican judicial committee recently selected Ken Hayden of Versailles to run in the upcoming November general election to fill the seat vacated by Judge Greg Kays, who was appointed to the federal bench.  Kays shared the bench with Circuit Court Judge Stan Moore.
After Kays’ resignation, the Republican and Democratic party were each eligible to submit a candidate to run in the November general election.
In this case, the members felt it would be in the best interest of all involved to support the Republican nominee, according to Ed Thomas of Gravois Mills, who serves on the Democratic judicial committee.
The judicial committee of each of the two major parties has representation from the central committees of the five counties in the 26th Judicial Circuit. The circuit includes Camden, Laclede, Miller, Morgan and Moniteau counties.
Until the seat is filled, visiting judges have been appointed by the Missouri Court System to assist Moore with the case load in the five counties.
Without a Democratic candidate, it appears that Hayden will be the next circuit court judge. His appointment will have to be confirmed by Gov. Matt Blunt.
According to Jessica Robinson, a member of Blunt’s communications staff, there is no official request on file with the governor’s office from the Democrats concerning the appointment.
Hayden has lived in Morgan County since he was a child and considers it home. He and his wife live near Barnett with their two children.
He attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and has been practicing in Morgan County since 1987. Hayden is partners with Mike McDorman. Their firm has offices in Versailles and Lake Ozark.
Moore said he is looking forward to serving on the bench with Hayden.
He said he has not been given a timeline on when the appointment will take place. It is his understanding that Hayden is ready to make the transition from private practice to serving on the bench.
“He is an excellent choice for this position,” Moore said.
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