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May 28, 2008

Clinch County - Eight attorneys are vying for two judicial positions about to be open in the Alapaha Circuit.

Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to express their interest in filling the soon to be vacant seats in Clinch County.

Superior Court Judge Brooks Blitch and State Court Judge by Berrien Sutton

Both resigned after facing misconduct charges by the Judicial Qualification Commission.

The resignations are effective June 30th.

The Governor hopes to appoint new judges by then or soon after.

"By the time all that happens, the interviews and the deliberations, it can be a lengthy process although we try to do it as quickly as possible so the vacancies can be filled as quickly as possible," says Press Secretary Bert Brantley.

The candidates will now be interviewed by the Judicial Nominating Committee.

The top candidates will then meet with the Governor who will choose the new judges.

Those candidates to fill the position of Judge Blitch are Pearson Attorney Brenda Carver, Berrien County attorney Mickey Johnson, Macon Federal prosecutor Donald Jonstono, Adel attorney Howard McClain, Homerville attorney Jody Steedley, former Cook County Assistant District Attorney Clay Thomlinson, and William Wall Turner III.

Homerville Attorney Howard Slocum has applied for Berrien Sutton's position.