(Missourinet) A statewide commission is interviewing 23 candidates this week who are interested in becoming the next Missouri Supreme Court judge. Judge George Draper III is retiring – leaving a spot to fill on the high court.
The Appellate Judicial Commission plans to interview the candidates on August 21 and 22 in Jefferson City. Once the panel forwards its top three recommendations to Governor Mike Parson, who will decide who will get the job.
Some familiar faces have applied for the job, including Tony Luetkemeyer, a Republican state Senator from Parkville and Platte County Associate Circuit Judge Megan Benton.
Other big names include Chris Limbaugh, current Cole County Associate Circuit Judge and Governor Mike Parson’s former legal counsel. He is related to the late conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
Also Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Sarah Castle, who was appointed by the governor and led Parson’s swearing-in ceremony in 2021 to continue serving as governor.
After interviews wrap up on August 22 and the panel chooses its top three candidates, Governor Parson will have 60 days to make his pick for the high court.