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Tish Chafin Withdraws Name As Mingo Judge Candidate

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Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 13, 2013 10:45 AM EST
Updated: Dec. 13, 2013 10:56 AM EST

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Williamson, Mingo County , West Virginia

A former state Supreme Court candidate has withdrawn from consideration as an appointed circuit judge in Mingo County.

Tish Chafin wrote to the state Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission on Thursday. Commission member Kent Carper told The Charleston Gazette that Chafin sought the position out of concern that solid candidates wouldn't apply.

Six others have applied to fill the remaining term of the circuit court seat formerly held by Michael Thornsbury. He pleaded guilty in October to a federal conspiracy charge and resigned from the bench. He was elected to an eight-year term in 2008.

The commission will recommend up to five names to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who will make the appointment.

The state Supreme Court appointed a Cabell County senior status judge as a temporary replacement for Thornsbury.

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