As of Thursday afternoon, the West Virginia Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission has received seven applications from those wanting to fill the seat of former Mingo County Circuit Court judge Michael Thornsbury, according to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's spokesperson, Amy Shuler Goodwin.
The seat became vacant after Thornsbury resigned in October, shortly before pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy charge.
Thornsbury was suspended from the bench after he was indicted by a federal grand jury on an unrelated charge. The West Virginia State Supreme Court appointed Senior Status Judge John Cummings to serve as Thornsbury's temporary replacement.
The deadline for applications was Dec. 3. Goodwin released a list of applicants to the media via email. The applicants include Miki Thompson, Glen Rutledge, Jr., Teresa McCune, Steven Knopp, Jonathan Wayne Jewell, Letitita Chafin, and Robert Carlton.
The commission will conduct interviews and will select a handful of candidates to present to the governor, who makes the final appointment.