NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung is calling for changes in the way judges are selected to remove political influence from the process.
Fung said Monday his proposals are in keeping with his campaign theme of reforming state government.
If elected, Fung said he would nominate judicial candidates and replace commissioners on the Judicial Nominating Commission promptly. He said he would prohibit lobbyists, politicians and their staffers from serving on the commission for one year after finishing their work in politics.
Fung said the governor's director of administration is leaving his post to be sworn in as a Superior Court judge. He said he would not appoint a director or any other employee to a judgeship while holding such a position.
Fung also proposed selecting magistrates in the same way as judges.