Delegation Plans Public Interviews for Judgeship Candidates

Members of Loudoun County’s General Assembly delegation plan to hold a public interview session on Saturday for candidates seeking appointment to the vacant 20thCircuit Court judgeship.

Earlier this week, attorney Lorrie Sinclair got the most votes from members of the Loudoun County Bar Association in support of her candidacy.

Three candidates emerged from view by the bar’s qualification committee. After Matthew Snow, one of Sinclair’s law partners, withdrew his name from consideration, Sinclair and Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Sean Morgan addressed the bar membership on Wednesday. In the voting that followed, Sinclair got 42 votes and Morgan got 24 votes.

Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney James Fisher, another candidate for the post, did not seek the Loudoun Bar’s endorsement.

The General Assembly is expected to vote later this month on a replacement for Judge Burke F. McCahill, who retired Jan. 1, 2017.

After McCahill stepped down, the General Assembly cut funding for the bench seat, leaving it vacant for the past two years. Funding was restored during last year’s Assembly session, effective July 1, 2019.

The candidates are expected to participate in Saturday’s forum, in which Loudoun’s delegates and state senate will ask questions of the candidates in a public session. It will not be a public hearing and no public questions will be taken from members of the audience.

Following the meeting, the delegation members will make recommendations to the House and Senate Courts of Justice Committees.

The session will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the County Government Center, 1 Harrison St SE in Leesburg.

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