Local attorney Ryan Yates announced last week his candidacy for Family Court Judge of the 42nd Judicial Circuit of Calloway/Marshall counties, left vacant following the 2019 retirement of Judge Rob Mattingly.
Yates spent nearly two decades in public service before returning to school at Southern Illinois University School of Law. He has been a practicing attorney for more than 13 years with a focus on cases that fall within the family court jurisdiction.
Yates said he believes his real world experience, coupled with his legal education and experience, will provide a unique perspective from the bench and will be an asset to the residents of Calloway County and Marshall County.
Yates and his wife, Rachel, have four sons and one daughter. Their oldest son is in the United States Coast Guard. Their twin sons are 2017 Marshall County High School graduates. One is a student at Transylvania University in Lexington, and the other is a United States Air Force ROTC student at the University of Kentucky.
Yates is the second person who has announced plans to seek the vacant seat; Stephanie Perlow, a Murray attorney, announced her candidacy in November. The candidates should appear on the General Election ballot in November 2020.