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Kansas Governor Considering Supreme Court Nominees

Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson

By Stephen Koranda, KPR Statehouse Reporter

Topeka, KS – Governor Mark Parkinson is now considering who should fill a vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court. This week, the Supreme Court Nominating Commission presented the governor with 3 possible choices. During a news conference in Topeka on Wednesday, Parkinson said he didn't know any of the candidates but was reviewing their resumes.

"When you're looking for a judge, you're looking for someone who's fair and impartial, doesn't prejudge things, listens to all the facts before they're making a decision," says Parkinson. "But it has to be more than that. It also has to be someone who's very, very smart. So those are the primary considerations that I'll have."

Parkinson says over the coming weeks, his office will collect information on the candidates and he will interview them. Under law, Parkinson has 60 days to choose from the three candidates, which include two appellate court judges and one trial court judge.

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