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Seven are chosen as Appeals Court nominees

SALT LAKE CITY — Seven nominees have been chosen by the Court of Appeals Nominating Commission to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals bench.

Whoever is chosen and approved as the finalist will replace Judge Russell Bench, who has retired.

The nominees are: 3rd District Judge Michele Christiansen; 2nd District Judge David Connors; attorney Gregory Hess, a shareholder with Parr Brown Gee & Loveless; 5th District Juvenile Judge Thomas Higbee; attorney Clark McClellan, a partner in Allred & McClellan; attorney Langdon Owen, a shareholder in Parsons Kinghorn Harris; and 3rd District Judge Kate Toomey.

Comments on any of the nominees may be submitted to Court of Appeals Nominating Commission Chair Gayle McKeachnie, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0241. Comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Feb. 22.