By MEG KINNARD
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Five judges are vying for an open slot on South Carolina's Supreme Court.
The candidates whose names were released Monday by the Judicial Merit Selection Commission include three judges from South Carolina's Court of Appeals: John Few, Aphrodite Konduros and Bruce Williams.
Circuit Judge D. Craig Brown of Florence is also in the running, as is Ralph King Anderson III, chief judge of the state Administrative Law Court.
The vacancy comes as the result of the retirement in December of Chief Justice Jean Toal. She will be replaced by Justice Costa Pleicones, whose seat then becomes available.
The commission says hearings will be held in November for dozens of judicial vacancies. South Carolina is one of two states where lawmakers elect judges to interpret laws passed by lawmakers.
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