As reported by Law Week Colorado, Fifteenth Judicial District Judge W. Michael Porter was not retained in Tuesday’s retention election by a slim margin. He received a unanimous recommendation in favor of retention by the district judicial performance commission.
With only military and overseas ballots to be counted as of Thursday, Judge Porter has received 50.8% of votes against his retention. Judge Porter had been retained in three previous elections since his appointment to the court in 1995. He will serve out his term on the bench, which ends on January 11, 2011.
The Fifteenth Judicial District nominating commission will convene to recommend replacements to outgoing Governor Bill Ritter, who will appoint Judge Porter’s replacement. The nominating commission is comprised of four Republicans and three Democrats.