Prosecutor Stephanie Bolen will challenge Circuit Judge John Atkins in 2022 race

There will be five local judicial races on the Christian County ballot, but so far only one is contested.
John Atkins
John Atkins

At least one of Christian County’s judicial seats will have a contested race in 2022, according to the Christian County Clerk’s Office

Circuit Judge John Atkins will face challenger Stephanie Bolen, who is an assistant commonwealth’s attorney, in the race for Division 2. 

In the other four judicial races, the incumbents are so far the only candidates who have filed to run. They are:

  • Division 1 District Judge Lindsey Adams
  • Division 2 District Judge Foster Cotthoff
  • Division 1 Circuit Judge Andrew Self
  • Family Division Circuit Judge Jason Fleming

Bolen, who has family roots in Christian County, has been a local prosecutor for two years. She previously practiced law in Virginia and focused primarily on criminal defense and family law. 

Stephanie Bolen
Stephanie Bolen

“During my life, and throughout my career, I have seen and experienced how it feels to be unheard, unseen and misunderstood,” Bolen said in a press release. “Our Justice Center should be a place where residents are treated equally. It should also be a place where decisions and rulings are fair, impartial and consistent. That is why I am running for Circuit Court judge. I want to ensure that regardless of where you live, how you look, or your station in life, that there is equal treatment and equal justice under the law for ALL.”

Atkins, who is the county’s chief judge, is seeking his fourth term as judge. Kentucky circuit judges are elected to an eight-year term. He is currently the county’s longest-serving judge.

Prior to becoming circuit judge, Atkins was the commonwealth’s attorney for Christian County. He ran for the chief prosecutor’s position after serving as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney. 

The deadline for candidates to file for office is Jan. 7. 

Judicial races are non-partisan. 

Prosecutor Stephanie Bolen will challenge Circuit Judge John Atkins in 2022 race

Jennifer P. Brown | Hoptown Chronicle

Jennifer P. Brown is co-founder, publisher and editor of Hoptown Chronicle. You can reach her at She spent 30 years as a reporter and editor at the Kentucky New Era. She is a co-chair of the national advisory board to the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, governing board president for the Kentucky Historical Society, and co-founder of the Kentucky Open Government Coalition.