Jeff Kehr Seeks Monroe Circuit Court Judge, Seat 5

BLOOMINGTON, IN---Long-time deputy prosecutor Jeff Kehr is seeking the Democratic Primary Nomination for Judge of the Monroe Circuit Court, Seat 5, in the 2020 Monroe County election. The seat is currently occupied by Judge Judith Benckart, a Republican appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb.


Kehr has served as a deputy prosecutor locally for over 22 years, and has held several positions in the prosecutor’s office since 1997. He has extensive knowledge of the Indiana statutes, rules of evidence, rules of trial procedure, jury rules, rules of criminal procedure and case law. Kehr has tried over 50 felony jury trials and has handled some of the most serious cases in the last 10 years, including many murders and vehicular homicides.


“I have dedicated my life to public service. I firmly believe that prosecutors are not just advocates, but ‘ministers of justice,’ charged with ensuring that the process is fair for the accused and the outcome is just.

“I have dedicated my life to public service. I firmly believe that prosecutors are not just advocates, but ‘ministers of justice,’ charged with ensuring that the process is fair for the accused and the outcome is just. As a prosecutor, I must conduct myself at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the judicial system. Judges must do the same. My knowledge of the law, extensive courtroom experience and integrity translate well into being an effective, honorable and fair judge that the public will have confidence in.”


Kehr is currently the First Deputy Prosecutor, a position that directly supervises fifteen other deputy prosecutors. Among other things, he is responsible for overseeing charging, providing legal assistance to other prosecutors and serving as a 24 hour/7 days a week contact for law enforcement and judges. Kehr has provided legal update training to all of the local law enforcement agencies over the years, including teaching criminal law and procedure to IUPD police cadets every summer. He has served as a trainer for other prosecutors across the state in evidence, trial procedure and search and seizure law. Kehr was a founding member of the Monroe County Drug Treatment Court and has been appointed by courts to serve as a Special Prosecutor in other counties.


Kehr, a Bloomington resident since 1990, graduated from Indiana University in 1994 with a B.A. in Economics and History and Phi Beta Kappa honors. Kehr attended the Indiana University School of Law and received his law degree in 1997. He was admitted to practice law in Indiana that same year.


Kehr lives in Bloomington with his wife, Kim (Wisley) Kehr, and their two children. He serves as a board member for the Monroe County Bar Association, is a member of the Northside Exchange Club of Bloomington and the Don Owens Memorial Lodge #88. Kehr volunteers as a coach for youth baseball, basketball, and soccer.


I have witnessed how diligence, dedication, and compassion have a positive impact on those who come into contact with the court system.

“I have dedicated my 22-year legal career to public service in Monroe County, a place that I am proud to call my home. I have witnessed how diligence, dedication, and compassion have a positive impact on those who come into contact with the court system. I have the knowledge and experience to apply the law to unique factual situations, devise creative solutions to legal issues, and recognize the human component in each case. If elected Judge, I pledge to serve with the same dedication and integrity that I have demonstrated as a practicing trial attorney.”


For further information, please contact Jeff Kehr at jeffkehr4judge@gmail.com.



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Committee Members

Beth Hamlin (chair)

Cosima Hanlon (treasurer)

Tomi and Jim Allison

Lorraine Merriman Farrell

Betsy Greene

Don Griffin Jr.

William Hosea

Cindy Houston

James Kennedy

Amelia Lahn

Elizabeth Mann

Emily Salzmann

Fred Schultz

Nico Sigler

Tom Thickstun

Jo Ann Vernon

Sue Wanzer

Jayme Washel

Carol Wilson

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Committee to Elect Jeff Kehr

P.O. Box 2711

Bloomington, IN  47402

jeffkehr4judge@gmail.com

Paid for by the Committee to Elect Jeff Kehr,

Cosima Hanlon, Treasurer

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