FAIRBANKS - Eight attorneys are vying for one slot available on the Superior Court bench in Fairbanks.
Scott Mattern, last year's prosecutor of the year, is among the group seeking the $167,400-a-year job.
So is Bethany Spalding Harbison, a Fairbanks magistrate who was a finalist for the Superior Court two years ago.
Others hoping to succeed Superior Court Judge Mark Wood, who is retiring this summer, include: private attorneys Chris Bataille and Danielle Foster; Fairbanks Chief Prosecutor Mike Gray; Assistant Attorney General Gene Gustafson; District Court Judge Jane Kauvar; former prosecutor Michael McConahy; and former public defender Nelson Traverso.
The Alaska Judicial Council will present a finalists list to Gov. Sarah Palin.