January 16, 2007
A citizen's advisory panel heard from seven candidates and nearly 15 members of the community about who should be the next Albemarle County Circuit Judge.
About 40 people turned out tonight at Hollymead Elementary School for a forum designed to take the public's input about who they would like to see fill the upcoming vacant slot.
The forum was designed to help the panel make a recommendation to Delegate Rob Bell who will advise the Virginia General Assembly on the candidates.
"It's extremely important because what he (Delegate Bell) is deciding and the Legislature is deciding is who is going to be the judge for the next eight years and possibly if that person serves well, then the next 16 years. This is the person that decides on criminal cases and criminal sentences," said panel chairman Richard DeLoria.
The panel will make individual recommendations to Delegate Bell within 72 hours. The seven candidates include Patricia Brady, James Camblos III, Robert Downer Jr., Cheryl Higgins, R. Lee Livingston, Claude Worrell II, and Jon Zug. The candidates are filling the vacancy that will be left when Judge Paul Peatross retires on January 31.