Five lawyers and a Clark County Superior Court commissioner have applied to fill the vacancy that will be left by Superior Court Judge James Rulli when he retires May 1.
Six attorneys have submitted their applications to the governor’s office: Assistant Attorney General Tsering Cornell; Jeffrey Keddie, a staff attorney at Northwest Justice Project; Senior Deputy Prosecutor Rachael Rogers of the appellate unit; Chief Civil Deputy Prosecutor Emily Sheldrick; Commissioner Jennifer Snider; and Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu of the major crimes unit.
The Clark County Bar Association is conducting a preference poll of the candidates and will submit it for Gov. Jay Inslee to review. Those results will be released to the public today.
Inslee is expected to reach a decision on a successor in a few weeks.
“Our legal staff will be meeting with candidates and then make a recommendation to the governor,” said Tara Lee, a spokeswoman for Inslee.
Here is more information about each of the candidates:
Tsering Cornell, 37, of Vancouver
For the past year, Cornell has worked for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office in Vancouver, where she represents the state in child welfare cases, locally, and is general counsel to the State School for the Deaf. Previously, she was appointed in 2016 by Secretary of State Kim Wyman as director of the Washington State Division of Corporations & Charities. There, she managed a staff of more than 70 people and implemented a new electronic filing system, replacing a decades-old paper-based system.