Carlton, a Williamson attorney, ran for Mingo circuit judge in 2008, according to a campaign website. The former magistrate and assistant prosecutor also previously campaigned to be a family court judge in Mingo.
Jewell is a longtime public defender in Mingo, according to employees at the courthouse, and has a private law office in Williamson.
Knopp is the municipal judge in Williamson, according to the governor's office, and a member of the Williamson firm, Lambright and Knopp.
McCune is the chief public defender in Mingo County.
Rutledge is an assistant prosecuting attorney in Mingo and the attorney for the county commission. He has a private law firm in Williamson.
Thompson has served as family court judge since 2009, according to her secretary.
Members of the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission include Morgantown attorney Debra Scudiere; Charleston accountant Steve Robey; Kenny Perdue, president of the West Virginia AFL-CIO; Joyce McConnell, dean of the WVU College of Law; Peter Markham, general counsel for Tomblin's office; State Bar President Harry Deitzler; Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper; former House of Delegates Minority Leader Charles Trump, of Morgan County; Huntington businessman Doug Hardman; Huntington attorney Bert Ketchum; and Wheeling businessman Don Wagenheim.
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