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Clovis lawyers recommended for NM judgeship

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(AP) — Three lawyers from Clovis have been recommended to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointment to a district court judgeship.

A bipartisan Judicial Nominating Commission screened applicants last week in Clovis and submitted three candidates to the governor.

The nominees are Wesley Pool, who’s operated his own law firm since 2003; former Clovis City Commissioner Fred Van Soelen; and Brian Scott Stover, who’s been a prosecutor in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office since 2006 and deputy district attorney in the 5th Judicial District in 1999 to 2005.

Van Soelen was a prosecutor in Clovis from 1999 to 2009, until joining a private law firm.

Martinez will fill an upcoming vacancy created by the retirement of District Judge Teddy Hartley at the end of the month.

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