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3 names sent to governor

By Bill Felber

The names of three area attorneys will be sent to Gov. Sam Brownback as nominees to succeed retired 21st Judicial District Judge Paul Miller.

An eight-person panel Monday afternoon selected the three from among eight persons who had volunteered for consideration. Brownback has 30 days to appoint one of the three to the district bench.

The three nominees are Grant Bannister, John Bosch and Kendra Lewison. Bannister is a partner in a Manhattan law firm, Bosch is an attorney based in Clay Center, and Lewison is an assistant Riley County prosecutor.

They were chosen following a four-hour interview session Monday involving a panel of four attorneys and four non-attorneys. Panel members did not comment on their selections or express any indication whether they favored one of the candidates above the others.

Bannister and Bosch are Republicans, while Lewison is registered as unaffiliated.

Whoever is chosen will join Judges Meryl Wilson and David Stutzman on the 21st Judicial District bench. That district is comprised of Riley and Clay Counties. The district also has two magistrate judges, William Malcolm and Sheila Hochhauser. They were among the other candidates considered by the panel Monday.

Miller retired earlier this month.

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