Third candidate announces run for family court judge


Catherine S. Fuller of Marshall County announced last week she has entered the race for Family Court Judge of the 42nd Judicial Circuit serving Calloway and Marshall counties, which has been vacant since November when Judge Rob Mattingly retired.

Fuller, who was licensed in 2008, primarily handles cases involving survivors of domestic violence, complex divorces, extensive custody cases, protective orders, child support and adoptions. She is licensed to practice law in Kentucky, the Western District of Kentucky and the United States Supreme Court. She manages approximately 300 cases per year.

Fuller obtained her undergraduate degree from Murray State University with a bachelor of arts in political science and paralegal studies. She received her law degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law before clerking for a local circuit court judge. She accepted a position with the Paducah office of Kentucky Legal Aid in 2005 and hopes to continue her public service career as the next family judge.

Fuller also serves the community by serving on the board of directors for several nonprofit agencies including the Merryman House (a domestic violence crisis shelter which serves the region), volunteering with the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program and the board of trustees for the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Foundation (which assists in forgivable loans for life-saving treatment to lawyers in need).

Fuller and her husband, Brad, provide a safe haven for foster children as a state-approved foster home and have three children.

Local attorneys Ryan Yates and Stephanie Perlow have also announced candidacy for the seat.