Circuit Judge Dennis Foust has filed papers seeking a third full term in the 42nd Judicial Circuit comprised of Marshall and Calloway counties.
Foust, 54, was appointed circuit judge in March 1997 when David Buckingham was elevated to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He was elected to a full term in 1999 and reelected in 2006. Before that he served seven years as district judge in Marshall County.
“When I complete this term at the end of next year, I will have served 25 years on the bench,” he said. “I have seen many changes in the law over that time, and I have been involved in technological advances, which have enhanced the quality of justice in our system. With more changes forthcoming, my experience on the bench will be beneficial to the people of Marshall and Calloway counties.
“One of my goals in 2006 was the implementation of a drug court, which is now operating very successfully in the circuit,” he said. “It is my goal now to see the drug court expanded even further because this is a cost effective way to deal with the biggest problem faced by circuit courts — substance abuse and the issues associated with it. With specialty courts becoming the wave of the future, I will also be exploring the need in our circuit for such things as a veterans court, which deals with issues faced by our soldiers returning from war.
“I will continue to be fiscally responsible in the administration of justice while not sacrificing the safety of our citizens in the process,” Foust added.
Foust is a Marshall County native and a 1978 graduate of Marshall County High School. He received his juris doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1985 and joined the legal practice of Long and Perry in Benton that same year.
He is a member of the Marshall County Bar Association, Calloway County Bar Association and the Kentucky Bar Association. He is also a member of the Kentucky Circuit Judges Association and taught a course at the 2013 Fall Circuit Judges Judicial College. In 2005, he received the Henry V. Pennington Outstanding Trial Judge Award from the Kentucky Trial Lawyers Association.
He is an avid baseball and basketball fan and has been the public address announcer for the Marshals home basketball games since 1991 and baseball games since 2011. He is actively involved in the Marshall County High School baseball program.
Foust founded the Marshall County “Little Dribblers” program which was designed to teach basketball fundamentals to children in kindergarten through second grade, and ran it for 17 years.
He also served as director of the Marshall County Basketball Association for 20 years and as an officer and director of the Calvert City Baseball and Softball Association and the Marshall County Baseball and Softball Association for more than 10 years.
He is a member of the Marshall County High School Site Based Decision Making Council and a past member of the Calvert City SBDMC. He is a member and deacon at Zion’s Cause Baptist Church, where he also serves as church treasurer, chairman of the finance committee, and a Sunday School teacher.
He and his wife, Ann Little Foust, are the parents of three children, Catherine Grace Foust, a senior at Georgetown College, Chandler Little Foust, a freshman at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., and Alexander Dennis “Alec” Foust, a sophomore at Marshall County High School. They live in the community of Palma.