Five candidates names for Circuit Court Judge sent to governor's office

Five names have been sent to the governor's office to fill the vacancy left after a local judge announced his retirement. (MGN)

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Our area is one step closer to having a new judge on the bench.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Overstreet recently announced his retirement, opening up his position. The 14th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission began the process of filling the vacancy, and has chosen five candidates to send to Governor Ron DeSantis' office.

In alphabetical order, the commission nominated:
-Maria Dykes
-William S. Henry
-Jarred H. Patterson
-Robert A. Pell
-Bartow Shannon Saunders

The commission says these five people are highly qualified and more than capable to fill the position.

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