The Seventh Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet Feb. 2 at the Montrose County Justice Center to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of district judge for the Seventh Judicial District (Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties). The vacancy will be created by the resignation of the Hon. Jeff B. Herron. The vacancy will occur on March 1.
To be eligible for appointment to fill the vacancy, the applicant must be a qualified elector of the Seventh Judicial District and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. The current annual salary for this position is $159,320. The initial term of office of a district judge is a provisional term of two years; thereafter, the incumbent district judge, if approved by the voters, has a term of six years.
Application forms are available from the office of the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Brian D. Boatright, 2 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80203; and the office of the district administrator, Thomas Maxwell, Montrose County Justice Center, 1200 N. Grand Ave., Montrose, CO 81401. Applications also are available on the court's home page at http://www.courts.state.co.us/Careers/Judge.cfm.
The original, signed application and an identical copy stored as a PDF must be filed with the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. Jan. 18. Late applications will not be considered. Any person wishing to suggest a candidate to fill the vacancy may do so by letter to be submitted to any member of the nominating commission, with a copy to the ex officio chair, no later than 4 p.m. Jan. 11, 2016.
The members of the nominating commission for the Seventh Judicial District are Eric McPhail of Gunnison, Richard Haggerty and William Masters of Telluride, Erin Cavit of Lake City, David Masters of Montrose, Leah Gates of Ouray and William Raley of Delta.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.