Virginia Sens. John Warner (R) and James Webb (D) have whittled their list of candidates for two judicial spots on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, according to a press release issued today. Five of the lucky seven finalists hail from Northern Virginia, though one of the spots is for district courthouse in Richmond and one is for the courthouse in Alexandria.
The locals whose names have been relayed to the White House: Joanne Alper, a circuit court judge in Arlington; David Novak, an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District; Jeri Somers, an administrative law judge at the Department of Transportation; Jonathan Thacher, a circuit court judge in Fairfax; and Anthony Trenga, a partner at D.C.'s Miller & Chevalier. The two downstate candidates are Mark Davis, a circuit court judge in Portsmouth, and Dennis Dohnal, a magistrate judge in the Richmond-based office of the Eastern District.
One name notably missing from the final cut who had asked for consideration from Virginia's bar associations: John Brownlee, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia based in Roanoke.