TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback’s top staff lawyer, Caleb Stegall, and five people from the Wichita area are among 21 candidates vying to fill a vacancy on the state Court of Appeals.
A nominating commission will begin conducting interviews with the applicants Nov. 13 in Topeka. The interviews will be open to the public.
Among the candidates are former Republican House member Sedgwick County District Court Judge Anthony J. Powell, who is a former Republican House Representative, Wichita Municipal Court Judge Bryce A. Abbott, Eastborough lawyer Stephen M. Kerwick, Wichita lawyer David P. Eron, and Wichita lawyer Steven P. Smith.
The Court of Appeals vacancy will be created Jan. 2 when Judge Christel E. Marquardt retires. Another vacancy will also be filled following the death of Judge Richard Greene earlier this week.
Appeals court judges are selected by the governor from a list submitted by the nominating commission. They serve four-year terms.
Here’s a list of all the candidates.
Bryce A. Abbott Judge WichitaTerri L. Bezek Lawyer TopekaHenry R. Cox Lawyer ShawneeDavid P. Eron Lawyer WichitaKathryn A. Gardner Lawyer TopekaPatrick B. Hughes Lawyer LeonKeyta D. Kelly Lawyer LeavenworthStephen M. Kerwick Lawyer EastboroughKip A. Kubin Lawyer LeawoodChristine M.T. Ladner Lawyer LawrenceMatthew C. Miller Lawyer LeawoodClayton T. Norkey Lawyer Overland ParkSteven J. Obermeier Lawyer OlatheAnthony J. Powell Judge WichitaRobert W. Ramsdell Lawyer LawrenceSteven M. Roth Judge St. MarysKim R. Schroeder Judge HugotonSteven P. Smith Lawyer WichitaCaleb Stegall Lawyer LawrenceGuy R. Steier Judge ClydeTeresa L. Watson Lawyer Topeka