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Governor appoints Stuart Bowling to vacant County Judge/Executive’s seat

Stuart Bowling

OWENTON, Ky. (March 28, 2023) – Former Second-District Magistrate Stuart Bowling will serve as Owen County Judge/Executive following the appointment by Gov. Andy Beshear yesterday.

The vacancy occurred following the resignation of Casey Ellis from the office March 6, to serve as Executive Director of the Council of Area Development Districts and the Kentucky Association of District Directors.

"I am truly honored by the Governor's appointment and for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Owen County as their Judge/Executive," Bowling said. "I plan to be in the office daily while fully committing myself, along with staff, to formulating the fiscal year 2023-2024 budget, which is currently the Fiscal Court's most pressing matter."

State law requires the governor to select the Judge/Executive from a pool of resumes submitted to his office. The appointee is to fill the vacancy until an election is held. During that time, the county’s Democratic and Republican parties must nominate one candidate each to appear on the ballot.

The Nov. 7, 2023, General Election will determine who fills the remainder of Ellis’ term, which expires Dec. 31, 2026.

The Republican Party recently nominated Todd Woodyard. Bowling has received the Democratic nomination.

A 1971 graduate of Owen County High School, Bowling formerly served 18 years on the Owen County Board of Education before his election as Second-District Magistrate, a position he held from 2015 to 2022. He is the owner of Bowling Insurance Agency and is a real estate agent for Bush Realty.


For additional information, please contact Owen County Public Information Officer Molly Haines-Riddle at (502) 514-6612 or email during regular business hours (8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday).

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