The Edmond Sun
Voters statewide will be asked to consider judicial retention during the Nov. 6 general election in addition to the elected offices of president, Congress, and state and county offices. The following judges are on the ballot for retention consideration:
Oklahoma Supreme Court
• Noma D. Gurich, District 3, appointed by Gov. Grad Henry. She was first appointed in 1988 by Gov. Henry Bellmon to serve on the Oklahoma Worker’s Compensation Court. Gov. David Walters reappointed her to that court. In 1998, Gov. Frank Keating appointed her as a District Judge where she served until her appointment by Gov. Henry in January 2011 to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
• Yvonne Kauger, District 4, appointed by Gov. George Nigh in 1984. Originally from Colony, she is a graduate of the Oklahoma City University School of Law. She was a co-founder of the Red Earth Festival and has won numerous awards and honors for both her professional and artistic endeavors.
• James E. Edmondson, District 7, appointed by Gov. Henry in 2003. He previously served as an acting U.S. Attorney and assistant U.S. Attorney in Oklahoma’s Eastern District.
• Douglas L. Combs, District 8, appointed by Gov. Henry on Jan. 1, 2010. He previously served as a Special District Judge and a District Judge starting in 1995.
Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals
• Clancy Smith, District 1, appointed by Gov. Henry on Sept. 1, 2010. She earned her degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law. She worked in private law practice before serving as a Special District Judge and a District Judge in Tulsa County.
• Arlene Johnson, District 4, appointed by Gov. Henry on Feb. 18, 2005. She went into privat practice after graduating form the University of Oklahoma College of Law and also worked as an Oklahoma County assistant district attorney and as an assistant Oklahoma Attorney General as well as an assistant U.S. attorney for hte Western District of Oklahohoma for 21 years.
• David B. Lewis, District 5, appointed by Gov. Henry on Aug. 4, 2005. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and the OU College of Law. He served in private practice and as a Comanche County prosecutor before serving as a Special District Judge and a District Judge.
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals
• Thomas Thornbrugh, District 3, Office 1, appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin.
• William C. Hetherington Jr., District 4, Office 1, appointed by Gov. Henry.
• Kenneth L. Buettner, District 5, Office 1, appointed by Gov. Frank Keating.
• Roberty “Bobby” Bell, District 5, Office 2, appointed by Gov. Henry.
• E. Bay Mitchell III, District 6, Office 1, appointed by Gov. Keating.