Tuesday, December 18, 2007

SCC seat becomes hot topic on hill

Suddenly a seat on the State Corporation Commission is a hot item of discussion on Capitol Hill. Two potential candidates have backed out and names of four others are being floated, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Gov. Tim Kaine announced last week he won’t fill the opening to be created by the Dec. 31 retirement of Judge Theodore V. Morrison. Both Sen. William C. Wampler Jr., R-Bristol, and lawyer/lobbyist Bernard L. McNamee II had been mentioned as possible judges; they both since have withdrawn from consideration.

Four other names now are on the table: Former Del. Ralph L. “Bill” Axselle Jr. and David W. Clarke, both lawyer/lobbyists; Chief Deputy Attorney General William C. Mims, who recently was on some lists for a seat on the Supreme Court of Virginia; and former Del. Jean W. Cunningham, D-Richmond, now chair of the State Board of Elections.

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