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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, June 08, 2017 5:50 pm

Officials mum on Davis' federal prospects

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

The office of Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., is not commenting on speculation that Allen Superior Court Judge Wendy Davis might be a candidate for a federal job.

Young this winter sought applications to fill vacancies for two federal judges, a U.S. attorney and a U.S. marshal in the Northern District of Indiana. The vacancies include a judge in the Fort Wayne division of the district court.

Jay Kenworthy, Young's communications director, said Thursday in an email that Young and his staff "vetted and interviewed several candidates" for federal justice positions in Indiana but that "our policy is not to confirm any names of applicants or finalists."

Allen Superior Court Executive John McGauley acknowledged the speculation surrounding Davis' possible candidacy for a federal judgeship but said "that is all it is at the moment." He said he did not know whether she had applied for a federal post.

Davis has been an Allen County judge since 2011 and is a former part-time deputy prosecutor. She was among local health, justice and law enforcement officials who met with Young in February to discuss opioid abuse.

Nominees for federal judges and attorneys require Senate confirmation.