- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A Maricopa County panel has endorsed several candidates to fill two judicial vacancies on the Maricopa County Superior Court.

The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments said Thursday it is recommending eight people for Gov. Doug Ducey to consider.

The nominees include Gregory Como, a partner at a Scottsdale law firm, and Shellie Smith, a Maricopa County Superior Court commissioner.

The two seats opened up after Judge Emmet Ronan retired and Judge Benjamin Norris lost his retention election in November.

The commission was tasked with reviewing the applications for the seats, interviewing applicants and recommending at least three for each spot.

Ducey will make the final decision.

The judges will be paid $145,000 a year.

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