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Ehlmann not among nominees sent to governor for Missouri Supreme Court vacancy

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann was not among three nominees forwarded to Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to fill the vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court left by Judge Richard B. Teitelman’s death in November.

Ehlmann was among 31 applicants screened by the Missouri Appellate Judicial Commission, starting Feb. 28, to select the nominees. Greitens has 60 days to select from the nominations according to a Missouri Supreme Court news release.

If Greitens fails to make a selection, the seven-member commission, made up of members from the Missouri Bar Association, will fill the slot.

The nominees include: Lisa Hardwick, a Kansas City judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District; Benjamin Lipman, a lawyer with Lewis Rice LLC in St. Louis; and Brent Powell, a circuit judge in Jackson County.

Ehlmann, 66, who was elected county executive in 2006, has also served as a state representative, state senator and as a circuit judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit that includes St. Charles County.

He said in an interview that he is perfectly happy with his job and may run again for county executive in 2018.

“I find it very rewarding but I just think this is an opportunity where I wanted to throw my hat in the ring and again offer my service,” he said. “It’s a very important position to fill.”

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