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Coconino County to hold its 1st judicial retention election

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Posted at 12:12 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 15:12:22-04

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Cococino County will hold its first retention election for Superior Court judges on Nov. 3.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports voters approved the new retention election system in 2018, meaning voters gave up the right to elect judges and instead will only have power to keep or nix Superior Court judges who are appointed by the governor.

The new system also means that judges will have their performance surveyed, which will be made available for the public to consider when making their decision on whether to retain the judge. Judge Cathleen Brown Nichols will be the first judge to test Coconino County’s new retention system.