- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A state commission has nominated two Pima County Superior Court judges and three other lawyers for an opening on the Arizona Court of Appeals’ Tucson-based division.

Those nominated by the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments include Superior Court Judges D. Douglas Metcalf and Christopher Staring. Both are Republicans, as is attorney Cynthia Kuhn, a lawyer in private practice.

The other nominees are Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Cabanillas, a Democrat, and David Euchner, a supervisor in the Pima County Public Defender’s Office. He’s a Libertarian.

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint the new judge to fill the vacancy created by Judge Virginia Kelly’s retirement.

The Court of Appeals’ Division Two handles appeals from cases heard in Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal and Santa Cruz counties.

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