Candidates Lining Up for Campbell County Family Court Judge Seat

Irina Baranova
Campbell County Courthouse. FTM file. 

Three local attorneys are competing to fill the open seat for Campbell County Family Court Judge following the announcement by Judge Richard A. Woeste that he will not seek reelection.  

Attorneys Brenda Bonecutter, Abigail Voelker and Andrea Janovic have filed for the seat in the 17th Judicial Circuit.


Brenda Bonecutter

Attorney Brenda Bonecutter with her husband attorney Scott A. Crisler and their two daughters.

“The Dependency, Abuse and Neglect Docket is an important part of Family Court, and I have witnessed the good this docket does for the children of Campbell County and am proud to have represented so many families over the years through the process. The importance of making sure every child has a safe place to live, the basic necessities that so many take for granted and the right to an education is paramount,” Bonecutter said, adding, “I would be proud to serve the citizens of Campbell County as the next Family Court Judge.”

Bonecutter is a longtime Fort Thomas resident She graduated from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1997 and has been general law practitioner specializing in family law. She was appointed and has served as guardian ad litem for the past 23 years. Her law practice, The Bonecutter Firm, L.L.C. has served clients in both Kentucky and Ohio in all areas of family law including divorce and dissolution, paternity, custody and parenting time, child support and adoptions.

She lives in Fort Thomas with her husband Scott A. Crisler and two daughters, and has lived in the county for almost 30 years. 

Abigail Voelker

Attorney Abby Voelker of Alexandria

“I am passionate and dedicated to protecting some of the most vulnerable children within our county. I recognize the uniqueness of each case in family court being examined individually and with compassion. My extensive understanding of Family Court makes me uniquely qualified,” said Voelker. 


“In addition to my experience, I seek to bring new ideas to the bench and intend to utilize a ‘trauma focused” approach to cases I hear. I am dedicated to the residents of Campbell County and seek to continue the tradition of making Campbell County great.” 


With more than 15 years in family law, Voelker’s owned a private practice that focused on all aspects of family law including divorce, custody, as well as dependency, neglect and abuse cases. In 2017 she closed her private practice to join the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Human Services as a staff attorney. 

She serves on the Kentucky Bar Association Committee on Child Protection and Domestic Violence. She also served as a member of the Holly Hill Board of Directors, and said she has “served countless hours working with children, has coached youth sports teams and is a foster parent.”

Voelker is a lifetime resident of Campbell County. She lives in Alexandria. 


Andrea Janovic

Andrea Janovic of Fort Thomas

Janovic, of Fort Thomas, is also running for the position. She has worked for more than 10 years in Northern Kentucky and has an office in Newport. She attended college at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and graduate school at the University of Rochester, before obtaining her law degree at Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2005. Her law practice is varied, a large portion being cases before Campbell District Court, including probate, small claims, evictions, criminal cases and guardianship. She has also handled many cases of elder exploitation, will contests, parent-rights and grandparent rights. 


She served almost eight years on the Newport Board of Education, and served on various committees at the local and state levels for the local
board and the Kentucky School Boards Association during her tenure. She has also been an adjunct professor at various colleges and universities, teaching courses in anthropology and criminology. She is on the board of Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate and is one of the founders of the Friends of Evergreen Cemetery.

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