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3 seek Lynchburg circuit judgeship

Three lawyers have expressed interest in a Lynchburg Circuit Court vacancy.

The Lynchburg Bar Association reports Eugene M. Butler, Michael R. Doucette and James A. Downey Jr. have asked for support in their bids for the seat of now-retired Judge R. Edwin Burnette Jr.

The LBA no longer makes evaluations of judicial candidates. Instead, the LBA advised members to express their preferences to Sen. Creigh Deeds.

Butler is the current president of the LBA and represents the 24th Circuit on the Virginia State Bar Council. He worked in child support enforcement for 13 years as an assistant attorney general.

Doucette is the former Lynchburg commonwealth’s attorney who now serves as executive director for the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys.

Downey has practiced for 21 years and serves as a substitute judge in the 24th District.

The General Assembly is expected to fill vacant judgeships near the end of the session, which is scheduled to adjourn March 7.