A process that will lead to a gubernatorial appointment to fill a vacant seat on the Snohomish County Superior Court bench began in earnest recently with the submission of a poll to county lawyers and a public forum in which seven candidates were quizzed.
The vacancy was created by the departure of Judge Stephen Dwyer, who won election to the state Court of Appeals Nov. 8. Four men and three women are in the running. They are:
• Seth Fine, 49, head of the criminal appellate unit of the Snohomish County prosecutor’s office for 22 years.
• James Johanson, 49, a Mountlake Terrace lawyer and state representative in the 44thDistrict from 1992 to 1995.
• Millie Judge, 42, who has been 10 years in the civil division of the Snohomish County prosecutor’s office.
• David Kurtz, 52, who has been a deputy prosecutor since 1983.
• Elizabeth Turner, 45, a Lynnwood attorney for 11 years.
• Tracy Waggoner, 46, a Snohomish County court commissioner.
• Joseph Wilson, 45, of Everett, has been a lawyer 10 years. He is the son of the late John Wilson, a former Superior Court judge.