A large group of friends and supporters gathered at the home of Susan and Jeff Kent last night to join Kent Apsley in announcing his campaign for Judge of Shelby Superior Court No. 1. Apsley is currently serving his fourth term as Shelby County’s Prosecuting Attorney.
The retirement of Judge Jack Tandy from the bench creates a real void in the judiciary of this county. I am confident that I have demonstrated my commitment to public service, as well as my competence in the courtroom and as an elected office holder. As Shelby County’s longest serving Prosecutor I believe I have shown that I can be trusted as a public official.
My thirty years as a civil lawyer, a criminal defense lawyer, a Public Defender and as a Prosecutor has brought me to this point in my career and prepared me to become a good judge. My time as Prosecutor has certainly trained me how to make difficult decisions. I do it every day.
I believe that it takes years of experience to become a truly qualified judge and that the best trial judges spend many years first becoming skilled trial lawyers. There are few attorneys in Shelby County who have tried more jury trials than I have, particularly high profile criminal cases.
I believe in the rule of law, in fidelity to the law and the Constitution of the United States. I believe that the proper role of a judge is to apply the law and to enforce the law as it is written, not to create law. I will bring the same reputation for hard work, honesty, and integrity to the bench that have been the hallmark of my four terms as Prosecutor. – Kent Apsley
Apsley, his wife Marsha and two sons live in Shelbyville. Apsley is well known in the community for his involvement in numerous community organizations over the years, including the Blue River Foundation, which he helped form; also Girls, Inc., St. Vincent DePaul Parish Council and Habitat for Humanity. He is active in the F.O.P and in the Knights of Columbus. He is a member of the Shelby County Long Term Recovery Committee/Community Organizations Active in Disasters.
Professionally, Apsley has served as the State President of the Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys, Inc. and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorney’s Council. He is on the Board of Directors of the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition, having served as past President.
Apsley is a 1981 graduate from Indiana University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Forensic Studies and Political Science. He graduated from Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington in 1983.
In May Apsley’s name will appear on the Republican Primary ballot. “The encouragement that I received to run for judge within the Republican Party has been overwhelming. Having been the President of the Shelby County Republican Club, as well as a long time Precinct Committeeman and State Convention Delegate, I have made a lot of friends within this party. We have worked on a lot of campaigns together over the years, so it is very gratifying to receive the support of so many people that I have come to know and respect in that time”, said Apsley.