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|Thomas Dale "Tom"
|Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals|
Place of birth missing
|Political party||Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1971|
|Spouse(s)||Julia C. Emberton|
|Children||Thomas Emberton, Jr.|
|Residence||Edmonton, Metcalfe County, Kentucky|
Thomas Dale "Tom" Emberton, Sr. (born 1932), is a retired Kentucky politician and judge who was the Republican nominee for his state's governorship in 1971. Of note, Mitch McConnell worked on his campaign.
Backed by term-limited Governor Louie B. Nunn, Emberton lost to the Democratic Lieutenant Governor Wendell H. Ford, later a U.S. senator. Ford polled 470,720 votes (50.6 percent) to Emberton's 412,653 (44.3 percent). Former Democratic U.S. Senator and Governor Happy Chandler of Versailles received the remaining 39,493 votes (5.1 percent), running as an Independent.
Prior to his gubernatorial candidacy, Emberton served as a member of the Public Service Commission in the Nunn administration.
In 1987, Democratic Governor Wallace Wilkinson appointed Emberton to fill a vacancy on the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He held that position until his retirement in 2004. Emberton resides in Edmonton, the seat of Metcalfe County in southern Kentucky.
- "Cook's Aide Joins Emberton". The Cincinnati Enquirer. 21 November 1970.
|Party political offices|
Louie B. Nunn
|Republican nominee for Governor of Kentucky