May 04, 2020 10:01 AM

LETTER: Bittel announces campaign for re-election

Posted May 04, 2020 10:01 AM


Blake A. Bittel announces his 2020 candidacy to be re-elected as District Judge for the 23rd Judicial District on the Republican ticket.  The 23rd Judicial District includes Ellis, Gove, Rooks and Trego counties.  Bittel was born in Wakeeney, Kansas, raised on a farm in Trego County and graduated from Ellis High School.  

After high school, he obtained his undergraduate degree from Fort Hays State University and a Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law; graduating with honors.  Following law school, he engaged in a litigation practice in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for 14 years and represented business and individual clients in complex litigation cases throughout the State of Oklahoma, other states, and Federal Courts.  

In 2007, he moved back to his roots in the Kansas 23rd Judicial District.   Bittel’s private practice continued with civil litigation and expanded to domestic and criminal law.  He continued with his practice of personal injury, insurance disputes, banking issues, and an expansive variety of other legal issues.  

In 2016, Bittel was appointed by the Governor of Kansas to serve as the District Judge of the 23rd Judicial District and was subsequently elected to serve a four-year term.  During this service he has handled a multitude of cases and trials. These include, but are not limited to, complex medical and personal injury actions; difficult issues regarding farm, land and water rights; domestic custody and child support; disputed probate and trust issues; insurance disputes; general issues regarding citizen complaints; and high-level criminal issues. 

The experience as a judge over the past four plus years has been awesome! I have enjoyed the new challenges and have been most grateful to meet and engage with so many citizens from Ellis, Gove, Rooks, and Trego Counties.  I encourage those who have not had the opportunity to be involved with the 23rd District Court to reach out to those who have.  Attorneys, litigants, and persons who have had the opportunity to serve as jurors can attest to my demeanor, my decision-making, and my ability to resolve situations in a discerning, straightforward, and fair manner.  

Along with my experience in law I am allowed as a judge to utilize my experiences as an individual.  I was raised on a farm in Western Kansas and hold values that were engraved by my parents, Stan and Kerry Bittel, who still own a farm is Ellis County, Kansas.   My wife, Rayna, and I share five children and two beautiful grandchildren.  My 23 years of hard work and background experience in all areas of the law, my nurturing in Western Kansas, practice beyond the state, working with and for the communities of the 23rd District, and my professionalism gives me the qualifications to continue as Judge for the 23rd Judicial District.  

I would appreciate your vote in the primary for District Judge for the 23rd Judicial District on August 4th, 2020.  Please visit my Facebook and website for further information and events.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Blake A. Bittel 

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