Governor's commission nominates 3 candidates

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Gov. Sonny Perdue's Judicial Nominating Commission submitted three names Friday for his consideration to fill the upcoming vacancy on Augusta's Superior Court bench.

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Wade Padgett, Danny Craig (shown) and E. Freddie Sanders are in the running to fill a vacancy on Augusta's Superior Court bench.  Special
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Wade Padgett, Danny Craig (shown) and E. Freddie Sanders are in the running to fill a vacancy on Augusta's Superior Court bench.

The opening was created by Judge Neal W. Dickert's resignation, effective Thursday.

Those named are: Columbia County Magistrate Judge Wade Padgett, 42; District Attorney Danny Craig, 52; and Augusta attorney E. Freddie Sanders, 58, of Capers, Dunbar, Sanders & Bruckner law firm.

The judgeship is one of eight that preside over criminal, civil and domestic cases in the Augusta Judicial Circuit, which includes Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties.

The nominee will complete Judge Dickert's term through 2008. The seat will on the ballot for the Nov. 4, 2008, election.

Perdue spokesman Bert Brantley said the governor will assemble an interview panel that includes a judge and lawyer from outside the Augusta area to question the men.

He said Mr. Perdue could choose someone outside the nominating commission's list, but has not done so before.

There is no deadline for the governor to make a decision.

Morris News Service reports were used in this article.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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