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Three nominees named to fill La Plata County Court judge vacancy

Names submitted to Gov. Jared Polis, who will have 15 days to name replacement for former judge Anne Woods

Three names have been forwarded to Gov. Jared Polis by the 6th Judicial District Nominating Commission for consideration to fill the La Plata County Court judge position left vacant after voters chose Nov. 8 not to retain former judge Anne Woods.

The recommendation of the three nominees to the governor were chosen Dec. 9 from eight candidates who applied for the position. The nominees are Anthony Baca of Dolores County, Anthony Edwards of Silverton and R. Reid Stewart of Hesperus.

The governor has 15 days from Dec. 12 to appoint one of the nominees to the position, according to the Colorado Constitution. If the governor does not make a choice, a nominee will be chosen by the chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.

The person chosen serves an initial term of two years. The judge must then stand for retention at the next general election. The annual salary for the position is $175,908.

Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent via email to the governor at gov_judicialappointments@state.co.us.

Contact information for the three nominees is:

  • Anthony Baca, 409 Main St. Dove Creek, CO 81324, 677-2258.
  • Anthony Edwards, 1557 Greene St., Silverton, CO 81433, 387-5790.
  • R. Reid Stewart, PO Box 71, Hesperus, CO 81326, 880-0471.


An earlier version of this story, and previous stories about the judicial nomination process, incorrectly said Anthony Baca is from Dolores. He lives in Dolores County, not the town of Dolores. Incorrect information was given to the Herald.

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