Neal Pinkston To Be Next District Attorney; Garth Faces GOP Opposition; Many Judges Unopposed

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Neal Pinkston
Neal Pinkston

Neal Pinkston, executive assistant in the district attorney's office, will be the next Hamilton County District Attorney.

He was the only applicant for the seat being vacated by Bill Cox as the noon deadline passed on Thursday.

Longtime Public Defender Ardena Garth, a Democrat, will be opposed by Steve Smith of the district attorney's office. He is a Republican.

Criminal Court Judges Rebecca Stern, Don Poole and Barry Steelman are unopposed, as are City Judges Sherry Paty and Russell Bean.

Chancellor Jeff Atherton is unopposed. Joe Manuel and Pam Fleenor are seeking the chancery post being given up by Frank Brown.

Circuit Court Judge Marie Williams, Neil Thomas and Jeff Hollingsworth do not have opposition. Democrat Stuart James and Republicans J.B. Bennett and Catherine White are seeking the seat being vacated by Jackie Bolton.

Democrat Yolanda Mitchell is running against Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw, a Republican.

The terms are for eight years.

Boyd Patterson, also from the DA's office, had considered seeking the DA post, but decided not to several months ago.

Mr. Pinkston never formally announced for the post, but took a low-key approach.

He was recently feted at a Republican event headed by former District Attorney Gary Gerbitz.

At another recent reception, the Host Committee included:

Barry Abbott
Mickey Barker
Mike Barto
Marvin Berke
Curtis Bowe
Tim Carroll
Mitch Carter
John Cavett
Jim Cheney
Freeman Cooper
Lee Davis
Ken Defoor
Roger Dickson
Sam Elliott
Tom Evans
Kurt Faires
Tom Gautreaux
T.J. Gentle
Gary Gerbitz
John Germ
Tom Greenholtz
Kyle Hauth
Hank Hill
Heidi Hoffecker
Bryan Hoss
Henry Hoss
Adam Izell
Bud Jackson
Steve Jacoway
John Knonvalinka
Traci Kozloski
Robert Kozloski
Stan Lanzo
Phil Lawrence
Lloyd Levitt
Marty Levitt
Mike Little
Mike Mathis
Hallie McFadden
Ben McGowan
Hugh Moore
Jay Morgan
Brian O'Shaughnessy
Bill Ortwein
Steve Parks
Ben Probasco
Scott Probasco, III
Dan Ripper
Ben Rose
Bill Speek
Jerry Summers
Jerry Tidwell
Gerald Webb
Walter Williams

Public Defender

Ardena Garth (D)

Steve Smith (R)

District Attorney

Neal Pinkston

Criminal Court Judge

Division 1

Barry Steelman (R)

Division 2

Rebecca Stern (R)

Division 3

Don Poole (D)

Juvenile Court Judge

Rob Philyaw (R)

Yolanda Mitchell (D)

Circuit Court Judge

Division 1

J.B. Bennett (R)

Stuart James (D)

Catherine Cate White (R)

Division 2

Jeff Hollingsworth (R)

Division 3

Marie Williams (R)

Division 4

Neil Thomas (R)


Part 1

Pam Fleenor (R)

Joe Manuel (R)

Part 2

Jeff Atherton (R)

City Court

Division 1

Sherry Paty

Division 2

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