December 11, 2017
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LePage seeking applicants for District, Superior, Supreme Court judgeships

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine — The governor’s Judicial Selection Committee is accepting applications for a vacancy on the District Court bench in Sagadahoc County.

Gov. Paul R. LePage said in a press release Thursday the opening was due to the retirement of Judge John David Kennedy. Applicants should live within reasonable commuting distance of West Bath, where Kennedy presided.

“In choosing judges, my focus is on the qualifications, demeanor and integrity of the candidates, not politics,” LePage said in July when his last appointee, David Mitchell, 44, of Calais, was sworn in. Mitchell replaced District Court Judge John V. Romei.

Because additional vacancies may occur in the near future, the committee is seeking qualified applicants for consideration and review in anticipation of possible openings on the District Court, Superior Court and Maine Supreme Judicial Court, the press release said.

Supreme Court Justice Jon Levy has been nominated to replace U.S. District Judge George Singal, but has not yet been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Superior Court Justice John Nivison will replace U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk in January.

The deadline for applying is Nov. 15. Individuals who have submitted applications before July 1 are asked to provide an updated statement of interest and updated materials. Those who submitted applications after that date need not apply again.

Application materials can be found online at

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