6-19-18 Judge James A. Bonifant spoke about the Judicial Election process in Montgomery Co. Maryland has adopted the “Missouri system” for seating judges, after an extensive vetting process the Judicial Nominating Commission recommends nominees to Governor and the Governor then appoints. Thereafter the appointee must stand for election to a 15 yr term. Mandatory retirement at the age of 70. This year in Circuit 6 there are 8 persons running for 7 spots. It is a non-partisan race and candidates will appear on both Republican and Democratic ballots.