A look at the nine candidates for Hamilton County Circuit Court

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PDFs of the applicants' profiles are attached to the bottom of this article.

Despite their varied backgrounds, the nine applicants for Hamilton County's Circuit Court judgeship all have one thing in common: If appointed to the bench, they've vowed to check their feelings at the door.

"One rule with which I disagree is [a law] which does not allow for an initial order of protection to extend beyond one year," attorney James Exum III wrote in his application. "Despite my personal feelings or preferences, if appointed to the bench, I will follow and uphold the law as every judge is sworn to do."

"In my civil case, where I am representing the minor child and her family arising out of her aggravated statutory rape by the school bus driver, I observed the Criminal Court Judge placing the bus driver on probation," attorney Catherine White wrote.