Lincoln County is one step closer to a new judge

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. The Lincoln County Courthouse was filled with excitement Friday morning as six attorneys plead their cases as to why they should be the newest judge in Lincoln County.

Supreme Court Judge William Cassel presided the hearing.

The vacancy is due to the appointment of Judge Michael E. Piccolo to the District Court Bench.

Joel B. Jay of Chappell, Michael L. Nozicka of North Platte, Mark D. Rafferty of Omaha, Travis R. Rodak of Bridgeport and Amanda M. Speichert submitted their names for candidacy.

Each was given 10 minutes to explain why they would be fit to fill the vacant Lincoln County Judges seat.

When the candidates were finished they were asked questions by the Judicial Nominating Commission.