5 attorneys vie to replace Johnson on Superior Court

first_imgFive lawyers, including two supervisors from the Clark County prosecutor’s office, have applied to succeed Clark County Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson, who plans to retire at the end of March.Camara Banfield, John Fairgrieve, Denise Lukins, Christopher Ramsay and Bob Vukanovich had submitted applications to Gov. Jay Inslee’s office by Friday’s deadline.The governor plans to appoint one of the candidates to Superior Court Position 6 in early March, said Nick Brown, Inslee’s general counsel.Johnson — the first woman ever appointed to the Clark County Superior Court bench — is retiring March 31 after 28 years on the bench. Her successor will be required to seek election in November to complete the last two years of her four-year term.Camara BanfieldBanfield, 42, of Vancouver is a Clark County senior deputy prosecutor who supervises the Child Justice Center. She last sought appointment to a judicial position in 2012 for which Judge Gregory Gonzales was ultimately selected. Since then, she said she has been working on building her experience. During a stint on the prosecuting attorney’s Major Crimes unit she handled homicide cases and now is a team leader for attorneys who prosecute child abuse cases.“I feel like being a judge is one of the best ways to have an impact on the community and to effect change,” Banfield said. “It’s a huge responsibility but one that I would really like to take on.”last_img read more