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Ritter Lawyer Craig Welling Among 6 Finalists For Judgeships


Talk about a home-court advantage.

Gov. Bill Ritter’s top lawyer is one of six people in the running for two district judgeships in Denver’s northern suburbs. The governor has about two weeks to make his choices. No Senate confirmation is necessary under Colorado’s merit-selection process.

Craig Welling, deputy to Chief Legal Counsel Trey Rogers before taking the top job earlier this year, Ritter’s last, was chosen as a finalist for two judgeships in the 17th Judicial District, which covers Adams and Broomfield counties. Besides his legal prowess, Welling is known as a fanatical Colorado Rockies photographer.

The other finalists are Candace Kay Black, Cynthia K. Kowert, Robert Walter Kiesnowski Jr., Jeffrey Clay Ruebel and Teri Lynn Vasquez.

Seventeenth Judicial District Court Judge Finalists Selected
Governor to appoint new district court judges

The Seventeenth Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated six candidates for two district court judgeships created pursuant to House Bill 07-1054, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Nominees Candace Kay Black and Cynthia K. Kowert, both of Brighton; Robert Walter Kiesnowski Jr. of Commerce City; Jeffrey Clay Ruebel of Westminster; and Teri Lynn Vasquez and Craig Richard Welling, both of Broomfield, were selected by the commission Nov. 9, 2010.
Under the Colorado Constitution, the governor has 15 days from Nov. 10, 2010, within which to appoint one of the nominees as district court judge for the Seventeenth Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield counties).
Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent via e-mail to the governor at

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  1. […] Gov. Bill Ritter has written a letter to Justice Nathan B. Coats of the Colorado Supreme Court outlining a special process put in place because one of the finalist for the two judgeships is his chief legal counsel, Craig Welling. […]