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Ware among Roanoke judge candidates

Former Del. Onzlee Ware, D-Roanoke, has put in his name for a juvenile and domestic relations judgeship, less than three months after he resigned from the General Assembly.

Ware is among three other Roanoke area attorneys to have requested endorsement from the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association, according to a notice from the association Friday. Lawyers Melvin L. Hill and L. Brad Braford also are seeking endorsement, and Frank Rogers has expressed interest, according to the S/RCBA announcement.

Ware announced he was stepping down from the Assembly in November, just a week after he won re-election to the House. He said he wanted to spend more time with his ailing mother.

Ware, 59, was first elected to the House in 2003. Sam Rasoul won a special election to fill Ware’s seat, the only Democratic House seat in the western part of the state.

One J&DR vacancy in the 23rd district was created by the retirement of Judge Joseph P. Bounds. Another could be funded with legislation now pending in the House, but the Senate Courts Committee rejected a proposal to create a fifth bench seat as recommended by a caseload study.

The Roanoke Bar Association will vote on endorsements Tuesday, and the S/RCBA will vote on Thursday.

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