Runoff to Determine Judicial Nomination Committee District 6 Position
No candidate garnered more than 40 percent of the vote in the race for the JNC District 6 seat. In accordance with procedures governing the elections, attorneys Melissa DeLacerda of Stillwater and J. David Ezzell of Enid will face each other in a runoff election to determine the winner. Ballots were mailed June 26 and are due back to the OBA by 5 p.m. on July 17. Biographical information about the two candidates is available at www.okbar.org/members/JNC/Elections/2013JNCBios.aspx.
The Judicial Nominating Commission is charged with selecting candidates for judicial appointments made by the governor. When there is a judicial vacancy on the Oklahoma Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals or the Court of Civil Appeals, the commission chooses a field of three candidates from which the governor will make her appointment. Oklahoma trial court judges are elected by popular vote, however mid-term vacancies are also filled by the nominating process.
In addition to the six lawyer members of the Judicial Nominating Commission, there are six nonlawyers appointed by the governor and three atlarge members. Of those three, one is selected by the speaker of the House of Representatives, one is selected by president pro tempore of the Senate and one is selected by at least eight commission members. All serve six-year terms, except the members at large who serve two-year terms. More information about the Judicial Nominating Commission is available at www.oscn.net/Sites/JudicialNominatingCommission/default.aspx.