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Danielle Hunsaker will resign Position 10 after she takes oath as judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; next appointee of Gov. Kate Brown will face voters in 2020 for six-year term.

Gov. Kate Brown is seeking applicants for the Washington County judgeship that Danielle Hunsaker will soon vacate to become a federal appeals court judge.

Hunsaker held Position 10 on the Washington County Circuit Court for two years, after Brown appointed her to succeed Judge Suzanne Upton, who retired. Hunsaker was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week for a seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. When she does take her oath, she will resign her state position.

Brown's appointee must be a U.S. citizen, an Oregon resident, and a member of the Oregon State Bar. There is also a residency requirement in state law.

The position is nonpartisan. The appointee will be on the 2020 ballot for a full six-year term.

The deadline for completed applications is 5 p.m. Nov. 26. They must be submitted to Misha Isaak, the governor's general counsel, in the governor's office in Salem. Emailed forms will be accepted if the original forms are postmarked no later than Nov. 26.

For questions about the process or for interest forms: Shevaun Gutridge at (503) 378-6246 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hunsaker's position as presiding judge of the Washington County courts will be filled by Oregon Chief Justice Martha Walters.


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