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Courts committees certify judges

On the heels of the Senate courts committee’s judicial interviews last Friday, both legislative courts committees have certified incumbent judges for possible re-election by the General Assembly this week.

Supreme Court Justice Donald W. Lemons has been certified for another 12-year term on the high court, and Fauquier prosecutor James P. Fisher has been approved for another term as chair of the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission. Courts committees also certified Judith Jagdmann to a term on the State Corporation Commission.

The following incumbent circuit court judges have been certified: Judge W. Allan Sharrett, 6th Circuit; Judge Michael S. Irvine, 25th Circuit; Judge Malfourd W. Trumbo, 25th Circuit; and Judge Lon E. Farris, 31st Circuit. Former Delegate Clifford L. Athey Jr. has been certified for a judgeship in the 26th Circuit. Norfolk Circuit Judge Norman A. Thomas, who ran into trouble during House and Senate committee interviews, was not on today’s list.

The following names have been certified for Virginia General District Courts: Judge Gordon S. Vincent (2-A); Judge Roxie O. Holder (3); Judge S. Clark Daugherty (4); Judge Richard C. Kerns (7); Judge Philip V. Daffron (12); Judge Thomas L. Vaughn (12); Judge L. Neil Steverson (14); Judge John R. Stevens (15); Judge Stewart P. Davis (19); Judge Lisa A. Mayne (19); Judge Donald P. McDonough (19); Judge Mark C. Simmons (19); Judge J. Frank Buttery Jr. (20); Judge George A. Jones Jr. (22); Judge Vincent A. Lilley (23); Judge Joseph M. Serkes (24); Judge Louis K. Campbell (25); Judge W. Dale Houff (26); Judge J. D. Bolt (27); Judge R. Glennwood Lookabill (27); and Judge Sage B. Johnson (28). Former Delegate Clarence E. Phillips has been certified for the bench in the 30th Judicial District.

The following incumbents have been certified to return to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts: Judge Deborah M. Paxson (2); Judge Winship C. Tower (2); Judge Joel P. Crowe (3);Judge William P. Williams (4); Judge Robert S. Brewbaker Jr. (5); Judge Barry G. Logsdon (7); Judge Valentine W. Southall Jr. (11); Judge Ashley K. Tunner (13); Judge Margaret W. Deglau (14); Judge Denis F. Soden (14); Judge Richard S. Wallerstein Jr. (14); Judge Edward DeJ. Berry (16); Judge Frank W. Somerville (16); Judge Gayl Branum Carr(19); Judge Glenn L. Clayton II (19); Judge Thomas P. Mann (19); Judge Sarah A. Rice (22); Judge Joseph P. Bounds (23); Judge John B. Ferguson (23); Judge Charles L. Rickets III (25); Judge Ronald Lewis Napier (26); and Judge H. Lee Chitwood (27).

— Deborah Elkins

One comment

  1. It is a true crime that Norfolk Circuit Judge Norman A. Thomas’s name was not on the list today. His outstanding performance record on the bench and his many years of public service are far too valuable to dismiss like this!

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