Message to Voters, March 28, 2018

This post was featured on Kentucky Community of Sharing’s Facebook page and I thought it would be good to post it here on the website also. There may be a few things in here that you don’t know about me. Please share the link if you do not mind.

Community of Sharing would like to introduce Roger P. Elliott.  Roger Elliott is a Republican candidate for Commonwealth’s Attorney for Adair and Casey Counties. A native of Casey County, he also has deep ties to Adair County as former District Judge for Adair and Casey. Since 2010, he and his wife have lived in Columbia. Elliott is the son of James and Maxine Coffey Elliott of the Yosemite community in Eastern Casey County with roots that go back to pioneer settlers. In June, he and his wife Sheila Hansford Elliott will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. They have two grown children: Allison Elliott-Shannon, a communications director at the University of Kentucky, and Paul Elliott, a senior officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

“I am running for Commonwealth’s Attorney because we are facing a serious threat to our community and its citizens from a rampant drug problem. No one I talk with seriously disputes that this situation is critical and getting worse. I believe it is not likely that the same people addressing the problem in the same ways can or will make a difference,” said Judge Elliott.

Elliott points voters to his long career in public service, and his plan to do the job of Commonwealth’s Attorney with energy and commitment for the long haul: “Over the last three decades of public service I have demonstrated that I can be counted on to perform any public office I undertake with dedication, fairness, and with respect for the public. Above all, I can be counted on to make a daily effort to find a way to make our system of justice better serve us. For me, the office of Commonwealth’s Attorney is not a stepping stone to some other higher position. The office is is an indispensable part of our present arsenal of weapons available to defend against the onslaught of meth, crack, pills, and the destruction they are doing to our families, friends and neighbors, not only through widespread addiction but also through the ancillary crime that comes with the incessant need for money to feed the habits of those already addicted In addition to vigorous prosecution we must make full use of programs designed to help those who are seeking to break the cycle of addiction,” said Elliott.

More about Judge Elliott’s career, personal life, and hobbies:

Roger Elliott is an alumnus of Middleburg Elementary, Kentucky Military Institute, Transylvania University, and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, where he finished in the top quarter of his law class. After law school he immediately began working as an Assistant Attorney General in Frankfort, serving under legendary Kentucky legal leaders Ed Hancock and Robert Stephens. In Frankfort, he worked with serious and complex criminal prosecutions at all levels - up to the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1976, Roger and Sheila returned to Casey County where they both had family roots. He opened a private law practice, and she taught French and English at Casey County High School. While in private practice, Roger also acted as Public Defender, Assistant County Attorney, District Court Trial Commissioner, and Special Commissioner for the Circuit Court. In 1984 he was appointed District Judge for the 29th Judicial District, serving Adair and Casey Counties. He went on to serve as Chief District Judge and Chief Regional District Judge for the 22-county Cumberland region. Beginning his time on the bench as one of the youngest judges in the state, at retirement he served as a Senior Judge and mentor to newly elected judges statewide.

As a trial judge he presided over thousands of criminal trials and hearings ensuring that both prosecutors and defense attorneys conducted their cases properly. He also started the Foster Care Review Boards in Adair and Casey Counties. He wrote the protocol for domestic violence petitions in Adair and Casey, and started the CASA (court appointed special advocate for juveniles) program in both counties.

Roger is a veteran of the United States Army and the Kentucky National Guard. His service to his
 community includes: Chairman of the Casey County Hospital Board; Service on the Casey County Library Board; Member of the State Police Personnel Board; Member and past president of the Liberty Kiwanis Club; Assistant Scoutmaster to Troop 123 of the Boy Scouts of America; service to the Liberty First Christian Church as a Deacon and an Elder as well as two terms as Chairman of the Church Board, choir member, and as a song leader for vacation bible school. Previously he also served the Liberty First Methodist Church in various capacities from Chairman of the church board, to usher, to taking on the role of Santa for the Sunday School service.

Outside of his legal career, Roger has been an avid softball player, a collector of 1960s music, a DJ both in college and at WSFC in Somerset, and was for several years the announcer for the Kiwanis Club radio auctions. He has been active in theater, including performing at Pioneer Playhouse in “The Front Page” and as the Admiral in a recent production of “The Sound of Music” at Lindsey Wilson College. A history buff and self-educated scholar of the Civil War, Roger developed an historic reenactment character of Col. Frank Wolford to submit to the Kentucky Chautauqua Program, and is working on an historical novel about our region of Kentucky during the Civil War. His lifelong interest in automobiles and motorcycles has resulted in the acquisition of several vehicles over the years, and graduation from the Bondurant School of Racing.

Asked why he hopes to serve in this role, Elliott emphasizes that voters have a choice in candidates, and he hopes to bring change.

“The Commonwealth’s Attorney is the protector of all citizens, especially the young, the elderly, and those not able to protect themselves. It is not a responsibility to be taken lightly or entrusted to one who will not respect the trust they have been given. If nominated, I will finish the race, and if elected I will serve the full term trying every day to make this district a better and a safer place to live. We cannot afford to go on as we are for another six years. I am asking for you to work with me in bringing a new dedication and a new enthusiasm to this fight. It is one we cannot ignore and one we must win. I will give you a one hundred percent effort if you will allow me the opportunity to serve you once again. I am giving you a choice in this election. I feel that It is important for the voters to choose their Commonwealth’s Attorney. I ask for your consideration in determining the best person for the job,” said Elliott.

This is a long read and I want to thank you for sticking through to the end. I think it is important for as many people as possible to see my message. 
Thanks again. 

Protecting Those Who Cannot Protect Themselves

Protecting those who cannot protect themselves. 

Recently I attended a forum on school safety in Adair Co. According to our school officials the number one concern, based on a poll of students, is drugs. Even in the age of school shootings, bullying, and nuclear threats, the students listed drugs in their communities as the number one concern .

Consider that this group of young people can not solve this problem for themselves but must depend on us to take action for them. It is time we act to remove this issue from their future. What we have been doing is not solving the problem.

I am willing to be part of this effort and I need your support to give me the opportunity to make a difference in how we address this very serious problem.

Together we can make a real difference.
- Roger

Message from my daughter

Hello Kentucky friends - if you are in, or have family or friends in, Casey or Adair Counties, I would appreciate it if you could like and follow Roger P. Elliott for Commonwealth's Attorney, and share it with your family and friends!

I'm biased because he's my Dad, but I think the choice is clear for Commonwealth's Attorney for Adair & Casey. My Dad has spent a long career serving the people of these two counties. As kids we knew that sometimes he would be at work late, and were used to the phone ringing at odd hours when people needed help (the phone became a pager in the 90s, then a cell phone; we even got a fax machine so he could sign papers at all hours). My bedroom  shared a wall with my parents', and I knew when the phone rang at 3 am, he would be off into town to help with an emergency. He took calls in the middle of dinner and the dead of night, and listened to everyone. He even took calls on family vacation at the beach. No matter how small their problem may have seemed to others, he knew it was important to the people experiencing it. He taught us the importance of listening to people, and keeping our word.

Being the kid of a public official means sharing them with the community (and we did - from church board meetings to school board committees to Kiwanis auction time to MCing Apple Festival pageants, he has always been in demand). It means being recognized everywhere you go with your Dad, and seeing first-hand how members of the community relate to him. I think one of the finest testimonies I can remember is one of the (many) times I was out with him in Liberty, and he exchanged pleasantries with a gentleman at the gas station. As we left, he told me "I had to sentence that man to 30 days earlier this year." But because he was fair, there were no hard feelings and he maintained the respect of the many community members he saw every day in court -- often on their worst days. I also think it's telling that he referred to the people he saw in court, including those he had to sentence, as "clients." He always saw his position as one of service, not power. Today we call that "servant leadership."

If you've made it to the bottom of this text, I appreciate your reading my story. Most importantly, please remember that this race will be decided in the primary, so tell all your friends to vote for Roger Elliott for Commonwealth's Attorney on May 22!


Find Help Now Kentucky

Kentucky has a drug problem!

Law enforcement officers and prosecutors have an important part to play to to get drugs off our streets.  Another part of the battle is getting treatment for people who are already addicted. Too often in my years in the court system, I have seen people who are ready to seek treatment, but have difficulty locating a facility or program with an opening. If they don't get into treatment, they quickly relapse into addiction. The cycle continues, tearing apart families.

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Message to Voters, Service to Others

Service has always been an important part of my life, and a value that Sheila and I have worked to pass on to our children.

I am proud to have served our nation in the United States Army and the Kentucky National Guard. And I fly my flag with pride.

Whether it was church, scouting, community, schools, work, or personal, I have always tried to help others.

Serve! show you care, to make your home a better place to live. she

Please visit my site link below to learn more about my service and community involvement.

And as always, thank you for your support.

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Message to Voters, January 25, 2018

From my first job as an Assistant Attorney General, through serving as an Assistant County Attorney, time in private practice, and 30 years on the bench, prosecution and trials have been a major part of my career. I've also had the opportunity to serve as a defense attorney, giving me knowledge of criminal trials from all angles. As your Commonwealth's Attorney for Adair and Casey Counties, I will bring that experience to bear to make our communities safer. Thank you for your support, and I invite you to learn more about my qualifications here:

Message to Voters...Jan 13, 2018

A Comment on Qualifications

Recently I was asked how I thought that my thirty years as a judge qualified me to be  a Commonwealth’s Attorney. The question was posed by someone who was not a supporter of my candidacy, and it was framed so as to ignore the first ten years of my legal career in which I did prosecutorial work.  Nevertheless, my qualifications are a valid issue and something that should be put before the voters.

My first job upon graduating law school was in Frankfort as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Not only did  the position involve the prosecution of cases where the regular prosecutor was disqualified or recused himself/herself from acting in the case, but  it also involved assisting in the prosecution of complex and important cases which were beyond the ability or resources of the local Commonwealth's Attorney office .When a conviction is obtained on the local level and then appealed, the Office of the Attorney General takes up the cases and from that point on is responsible for all further representation as the case proceeds through the State and Federal appeals system.  

During my nine years of private practice I tried a large number of jury trials as a private attorney, a public defender, and as an Assistant Casey County Attorney. In all of those cases I was responsible for investigating, organizing, preparing, and presenting the case before a jury,  which is exactly what a Commonwealth's Attorney is required to do. As the Trial Commissioner for the District Court I was responsible for reviewing and signing warrants and the examination of documents to insure that they were in proper legal form. There is no question that I am an experienced trial attorney who knows how to develop, organize, and argue a criminal case from either side.

As to the basic question of whether three decades as a trial judge is beneficial experience for a Commonwealth's Attorney, it is invaluable. Consider the role of the trial judge. He or she acts as a referee in a trial. The judge must be aware of all the rules and requirements which must be met and followed by both sides during a trial so that reversible error can be avoided. A capable and experienced trial judge is as good a courtroom attorney as you will find. The judge is required to be well versed in the practice of law before he or she can serve.  This is similar to a sports official being required to have been a former player. There is no substitute for experience.

Therefore, the answer is yes.
Yes, I feel that my years as a courtroom judge qualify me to be a prosecutor for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Roger Elliott

My Resume

This is a brief resumé of my work and community service over the years.

Roger P. Elliott
Candidate for Commonwealth’s Attorney, Adair & Casey

Middleburg Elem School
Kentucky Military Institute, Louisville KY
Transylvania University, B.A. Political Science
U of L Brandeis School of Law, Juris Doctor

Legal Career
Assistant Attorney General, Frankfort KY
Private Law Practice, Liberty
Assistant Casey County Attorney
Trial Commissioner, Casey
District Judge, Adair & Casey
Chief District Judge, Adair & Casey
Chief Regional District Judge, 22 counties
Mentor Judge
Senior Judge, Kentucky
Started the Foster Care Review Boards in Adair + Casey counties.

Manager & Co-owner, Elliott & Elliott Farms
Managing Partner, Bluegrass Plant Foods,Teater Bros & Elliott, Danville
Middleburg Farmer's Deposit Bank Board, Chair
Licensed Realtor

Army Veteran
Kentucky National Guard
Graduate NCO School
Top Secret Clearance for Nuclear Weapons Assembly Specialist

Farmers Deposit Bank, Middleburg Ky, Chair
Liberty Methodist Church Board, Chair
Casey County Hospital Board, Chair
Casey County Library Board
Liberty First Christian Church Board, Chair
Ky State Police Personnel Board 

Community Involvement
Moot Court Judge
Assistant Scout Master, Troop 123
Kiwanis Radio Auctions
Rotary Club

Civil War History
Classic Cars & Motorcycles
Radio and DJ, college & later
Graduate of Bondurant Racing School

Family & Church
My wife is Sheila Hansford Elliott, daughter of Bill + Billye Anne Hansford, formerly of Liberty, and granddaugher of Artis R. Tarter.

Our children have both graduated from college, moved away, and married. They were the center of our lives and are what we work and live for. See more about our family by clicking here.

We belong to Columbia United Methodist Church. 


Message To Voters... Jan 6, 2018

I want to thank everyone who has liked the campaign website as well as the campaign Facebook page.

The goal is to be able to provide a place for correct information to my supporters.

Often one hears this or that or reads this or that...with the true facts being something else. We have seen too much of that lately on tv, in newspapers, online, and elsewhere.

To the voters of Adair and Casey Counties

To the voters of Adair and Casey Counties:

I am a candidate for the office of Commonwealth's Attorney for the 29th Judicial District of Kentucky in Adair and Casey Counties. The Commonwealth’s Attorney serves as prosecutor in the Circuit Courts of the district, dealing with the most serious crimes that disrupt our community.

In the 1970s my wife Sheila and I chose to return to this area, where we both have deep family roots, to make our home and to raise our children. During more than forty years as an attorney and a Judge in Adair and Casey Counties, I saw first-hand and participated directly in the long struggle to keep our beautiful part of Kentucky a safe and desirable place to make our homes and to raise our families. That struggle is not over, for our community or for me.

Every child in our community deserves the opportunity that we and our kids had -- to grow up in a close-knit and safe environment. We are all blessed to live in a beautiful place, and to be surrounded by a wealth of people who are - for the most part - dedicated to making this a home we can all enjoy. Just last week a local lady with whom I was discussing the community put it this way: “There are a lot of good people here. We have some problems, but there a lot of good people.”

Many of the problems in our community can be traced to the rising tide of the nationwide drug abuse epidemic, which has touched every corner of society. Most troubling to me are the number of children who fall victim to the addictions of the adults around them.

During 2017 I did a great deal of work in our Court's Juvenile Divisions, representing the interests of children who have been removed from their homes because those homes have been rendered unsafe or non-functional due to drugs. It is striking to see the flood of children and young people being raised by grandparents and older relatives who must step in when parents are unable or unwilling to stay off drugs even long enough to come to court to participate in the efforts being made to protect their families. Time and time again I have talked with fellow community members who, when they should be enjoying retirement, are starting over again raising their grandchildren, because their own adult children are lost to drugs. Most of us know someone caught in this vicious spiral.

I hear from the law enforcement officers who do their best to stem the flow of drugs into our communities that they need help. The Commonwealth’s Attorney should play a major role in providing support to law enforcement and the courts as they work to eradicate drug addiction and associated crimes from our district. Should I be privileged to serve in this role, I am prepared to work with energy and focus to provide this support.

To serve as Commonwealth’s Attorney is a large responsibility, one for which I believe my long career in public service has prepared me well. Most importantly, I stand ready to execute the duties of the position in line with my core belief that all people deserve to be treated in a respectful manner.

Growing up in Yosemite in Casey County, I learned from my parents James and Maxine Coffey Elliott some hard truths and important lessons: With authority comes responsibility. Do the right thing, not the easy thing. Leave the world a better place than you found it. Push your work, don't let it push you. If you ask for a job, have the courage to do it.

Together I believe that we can keep this a good place to call home. We can make changes to preserve all that is good about our communities and way of life, and to fight against the scourge of drugs and crime that threatens our families. We can, and will, give the next generation of Adair and Casey County natives the home they deserve.

One of the most important freedoms we have is the right to decide by free and fair election who we want as our public officials. On May 22, 2018, please help me with your vote so I can work for you to make our home what it should be.

Roger P. Elliott             like me on Facebook

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