My Mission

 

I am committed to restoring accountability for crime and providing judicial change in Jefferson County.  I will administer consistent and balanced justice—with compassion and regard for the welfare of everyone.

 

 
gaddisfam-173 Reduced and cropped.jpg

WHY I'M running for judge

I became an attorney because I wanted to make a difference in people's lives.  I decided early in my career that I wanted to serve the public as a prosecutor.  One of the most important parts about being a prosecutor, is knowing when to show a defendant mercy and when to fight to protect the public from a real threat. 

My understanding of that balance is something that I will take to the bench with me.  I have looked into the eyes of the mothers of murder victims as they wept for their dead sons and daughters.  I have held the hands of permanently crippled victims of violent assault.  Their faces are rarely present at arraignment court where the killers' bonds are set by a judge that has never dealt with crime from the victims' perspective.  I believe it is time to hold the establishment candidate accountable and make a change for the sake of everyone that lives in Jefferson County!  

Accountability and Change isn't just a political slogan - it is a summary of exactly what I intend to deliver for the people of Jefferson County.  For too long the same old names have remained unchallenged and unaccountable - believing they are entitled to their positions because of their names and connections.  Names and connections do not qualify anyone for the offices they hold - all they do is insulate them from the consequences of the terrible decisions that they make.  The murderers they release on Home Incarceration don't live in their neighborhoods!

Being a fair an impartial judge requires that judge to consider every decisions' impact on the entire community.  I will be that fair and impartial judge.

MY EXperience

I served as an air traffic controller in the U.S. Army for 5 years.  After getting out of the Army, I drove a concrete truck to support my family while I was going to college.  I graduated magna cum laude from California State University and from Pepperdine University School of Law.

After I was admitted to the bar in California, I practiced personal injury and business law for two years before making my family's home in Kentucky and becoming a prosecutor at the Office of the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney in January 2013, where I served for four years.  There, I prosecuted hundreds of felony cases and took nineteen cases to trial. 

I served as the office’s Animal Cruelty Liaison, working to hold accountable those that committed unspeakable acts of animal cruelty and torture.  Also, as a member of the Fatal Accident Support Team (FAST), I fought for justice for the victims of felony DUI assaults and homicides.

I returned to private practice for most of 2017 but in December I was called back to public service as a prosecutor once again.  Currently, I serve as an Assistant to Commonwealth's Attorney Shelly Alvey, fighting for justice for victims of crime for our neighbors in Bullitt County.

 

Family

My wife, Stephanie, and I met in the 8th grade and have been married for 21 years.  Together, we have built a life based on love, family and teamwork.  We are parents of seven children—Madison, Bridget, Evan, Olivia, Sydney, Jude and Ava.  We live in South Louisville.