Summit County Republicans are sending three names to Gov. John Kasich, as candidates to replace retired Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Judy Hunter.
Topping the list is Thomas McCarty, who was an Akron Municipal Court judge from 2009 until being defeated in the November 2011 election by Judge Joy Malek Oldfield. If he's appointed to fill Hunter's seat on the bench, McCarty would join his wife Alison, who is a current Summit County Common Pleas Court judge.
Christine Croce, who was elected as a judge in Barberton Municipal Court in 2011 after serving as clerk of courts, is the second person named by Summit County Republicans.
The third name listed is Scot A. Stevenson, who unsuccessfully ran for Summit County Common Pleas Court in 2010, losing to Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer.
Stormer is now the Summit County Probate Court judge.
The selections were made Wednesday evening at a meeting of the Summit County Republican Party Executive Committee.
All three names will be passed along to the office of Gov. Kasich, for review and vetting, and a judge will be appointed to serve the rest of Judge Hunter's term, which ends in 2015.