Two Palm Beach County court judges are among a list of six lawyers who have been nominated to replace Circuit Judge Edward Artau, who was recently elevated to the 4th District Court of Appeal.
County Judges August Bonavita and Bradley Harper are on the short list of candidates that was sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis to consider for Artau’s seat.
Also on the list that was sent to DeSantis last Friday are: assistant state attorneys Laura Laurie and John Parnofiello, South Florida Water Management District attorney Judith Levine, and Melanie Casper, a former public defender who now works at the state attorney’s office.
The local judicial nominating commission also nominated six attorneys to replace County Judge Paige Gillman, who was promoted to Circuit Judge Jessica Ticktin’s seat after Ticktin announced that she is stepping down in January.
The commission has asked that Casper, Parnofiello and Laurie be considered for both spots, a request that is unusual.
Others who have been nominated to replace Gillman are: Magistrate Peter Bassaline, assistant state attorney Michael Rachel, and West Palm Beach defense attorney Schnelle Tonge.
DeSantis has 60 days to make a decision.