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Utah Senate committee rejects minority judicial candidate

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 14 2012 7:07 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Senate will hold a hearing Wednesday on a 3rd District judge nominee whom a committee rejected earlier this week.

Saying she lacked trial experience, the Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee voted not to endorse Su J. Chon, one of the state's first minority judge candidates in years. Gov. Gary Herbert nominated Chon to replace a retiring judge.

Herbert reiterated his support for Chon and distributed a one-page fact sheet to senators touting her qualifications. Chon was given the option to withdraw, but chose not to.

“Without question Su Chon possesses the skills and experience to be an outstanding judge," the governor said in a statement. "For more than 18 years, she has excelled in her practice in both the public and private sectors where she has focused on complex real property and banking issues. She is consistently praised by her colleagues as intelligent, hardworking and ethical — all traits that will serve Utah's judiciary and residents well."

Chon has worked as an in-house attorney, at a large Salt Lake law firm and currently is a mediator and arbitrator in the state Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman.

Dennis Romboy

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