Gov. Sonny Perdue meets with each judicial nomination candidate for a personal interview before deciding whom to appoint.
The candidates selected for the short list by the state's judicial nominating commission are District Attorney Danny Craig, 52; Columbia County Magistrate Judge Wade Padgett, 42; and Augusta attorney E. Freddie Sanders, 58, of the Capers, Dunbar, Sanders & Bruckner law firm.
The governor doesn't have to pick his nomination from the list, but he has in past appointments.
He is under no deadline to make his selection. However, since Neal W. Dickert resigned Nov. 1, a senior judge has been working in the Augusta Judicial Circuit at a cost of nearly $500 a day.
Whomever the governor nominates will complete Judge Dickert's term, which runs through the end of the year. The office will be on the ballot for the Nov. 4 election.
The nominee will join the seven other sitting Superior Court judges who preside over domestic, civil and criminal cases in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties.
Mr. Craig, Mr. Padgett and Mr. Sanders were selected by the governor's nomination commission in October. The commission selected candidates for an open judgeship in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit the same day. The governor is still considering his selection for that opening, too.
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