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TOPEKA—The 2nd Judicial District Nominating Commission has selected Angela Anderson to fill a magistrate judge vacancy in Wabaunsee County.

The commission conducted public interviews of nominees by videoconference November 17. Nine people applied for the opening.

Anderson's new position will be effective on her swearing-in. Anderson, of Alma, is clerk of the district court for Wabaunsee County.

The 2nd Judicial District is composed of Jackson, Jefferson, Pottawatomie, and Wabaunsee counties. The vacancy will be created by District Magistrate Judge Blaine Carter's December 8 retirement.

Eligibility requirements

Kansas law requires that this district magistrate judge be:

  • a resident of Wabaunsee County at the time of taking office and while holding office;

  • a graduate of a high school, a secondary school, or the equivalent; and

  • either a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas or able to pass an examination given by the Supreme Court to become certified within 18 months.

Term of office

After serving one year in office, the new judge must stand for a retention vote in the next general election to remain in the position. If retained, the incumbent will serve a four-year term.

Nominating commission

The 2nd Judicial District Nominating Commission consists of Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Wilson as the nonvoting interim chair; David Allen, Circleville; Charles Waugh, Eskridge; J. Richard Lake, Holton; D. Max Fuller, Maple Hill; Norma Dunnaway, Perry; and Edward Pugh, Eugene Scherer, and John Watt, Wamego.

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