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A former speaker of the Wyoming House and a current district judge are among contenders for a vacancy on the Wyoming Supreme Court, Supreme Court Chief Justice E. James Burke said in a Wednesday statement.

The Judicial Nominating Commission submitted three nominees to Gov. Matt Mead: Eighth District Court Judge Keith G. Kautz, who hears cases in Goshen, Platte and Niobrara counties; former GOP speaker of the House Tom Lubnau II of Gillette; and Robert W. Tiedeken, an attorney who practices at Wolf and Tiedeken and Woodard P.C. in Cheyenne.

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Mead has 30 days to appoint one of the nominees to serve as the new justice, Burke said.

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