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John Edwards and Ralph Smith said they support David Carson and Leisa Ciaffone for openings.
Monday, April 1, 2013
A pair of state senators Monday publicly endorsed two Roanoke Valley people for judgeships, diverging partly from a local bar association endorsement that came just days prior.
The two senators, John Edwards, D-Roanoke, and Ralph Smith, R-Bedford County, threw their support behind David Carson for the Roanoke Circuit Court vacancy and Leisa Ciaffone for the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court spot.
On Friday, Salem-Roanoke County Bar Association endorsed Ciaffone and Frank Rogers. In a hat-tip to Rogers, both Edwards and Smith pledged to support him for a future judgeship.
Carson currently serves as chairman of the Roanoke School Board. Ciaffone — whose name has cropped up before during talks of judicial appointments — has served as a substitute judge in juvenile court.
In the wake of discussion from Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office about new funding for the two judgeships, word has also circulated within Roanoke legal channels that Del. Onzlee Ware, D-Roanoke, a lawyer in private practice, might be a candidate to fill one of the open slots.
Ware has acknowledged those rumors but dismissed them as gossip.
Last week, the governor announced he had proposed budget amendments to the General Assembly that could fill two vacancies. Those amendments will go to an assembly vote Wednesday.
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