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Bar Association to Endorse Circuit Court Judge Candidate

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As a longtime Charlottesville Circuit Court judge is on his way out, new candidates are vying for the position.

Judge Edward Hogshire will retire at the beginning of next year and Monday night, those looking to fill his seat answered some questions from the community.

Five candidates are looking to fill that open seat and want the endorsement of the Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association. The association held a public interview Monday night to help narrow down its search.

"I think the sense of fairness and justice is probably the most important thing that a judge needs to have,” said candidate Richard Moore.

Neal Walker, another candidate, said, “As a judge, if you're going to sit and you're going to judge other people on top of being fair and having judicial temperament you really need to bring some humility to the job.”

In the search for the ideal candidate, the CABA wanted to know how candidates would work to help transition people back into the community after serving time in jail.

Candidate Joseph Wright said, "Through programs that help to either create or identify work opportunities for people returning into society after serving some active sentence the court can be a participant in providing those opportunities."

And most importantly, the CABA asked the question: "why do you want to be a circuit court judge?”

"You have an opportunity to make an impact on a number of lives,” said candidate Claude Worrell. “You have an opportunity to make a positive impact in your community every day. It's that opportunity that drives me to participate in this process and seek the circuit court bench."

Candidate David Franzen said, "I'm a part of this community, I care about this community, and I want to contribute to this community. I think that the role of a judge is the role of a public servant."

The position is expected to be filled sometime in January. The person chosen for the job will be sworn in on February 1.

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