Evans and Norton among associate applicants in 20th Circuit

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 25, 2007, 6:31am

Paul Evans

William Norton

Two Republican candidates who lost their bid for a circuit judgeship in the 20th Judicial Circuit have applied for the vacant associate judgeship created when voters elected associate judge Patrick Young to the circuit bench in November.

Paul Evans and William Norton joined Joseph D. Christ, Laura L. Robinson, Ronald R. Duebbert, Michael N. Cook, Julie K. Katz, Scott A. Hassebrock, Anne F. Keeley, Samantha Kerth and Grant Norsigian as applicants to the bench.

The 20th Judicial Circuit consists of St. Clair, Monroe, Perry, Randolph and Washington counties.

There also is a vacancy in the Third Judicial Circuit which consists of Madison and Bond counties. That position was vacated when Barbara Crowder defeated Jim Hackett to replace the retired George Moran, Jr.

Duane L. Bailey, Donald M. Flack, Thomas Gibbons, Allen F. Gilliard Jr., Susan F. Grammar, John C. Haynes, Eric D. Jackstadt, Keith A. Jensen, Amy Maher, Martin J. Mengarelli, Dennis J. Orsey, Greg E. Roosevelt and Paul A. Welch have applied for Crowder's old job.

Circuit judges in each circuit have two weeks to return the ballots to the Supreme Court. A majority is needed to be elected as an associate judge.

If no candidate receives a majority vote in the first round, a second balloting takes place for the top contenders.

The associate judges are all up for retention in June. Every four years circuit judges meet and vote on which judges will stay and which will go.

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