“Obviously, I am the only one in the field that is a current judge,” said Stice, 43.
The person selected for this post will serve until fall 2014, which is when Lucas’ four-year term would end. Then the next district judge will run for a four-year term voted on by the people.
Additionally, the county will get an additional new judge in 2014 as state legislators have moved a position from Seminole County to Cleveland County. That position will be elected outright with no appointments. The judicial posts are non-partisan with candidates not listing their political party choices.
A district court judge receives an annual salary of $124,373. The pay is set by the state Legislature. Salaries have not been raised in several years.
To qualify as a candidate, applicants must be a licensed attorney in practice for at least four years.
The 15-member Judicial Nominating Commission that picks judicial candidates includes six members named by the Oklahoma Bar Association. Another six members are named by the governor, while those posts cannot be filled with attorneys in Oklahoma.
The commission also includes three at-large positions, with one of those selected by the other commissioners. In addition, the speaker of the House and president pro tem of the Senate each appoint a member.