A former top aide to Gov. Sam Brownback is among three finalists for a vacant seat on the Kansas Supreme Court.
A special nominating commission has chosen Court of Appeals Judges Caleb Stegall and Karen Arnold-Burger and state District Judge Merlin Wheeler from 13 applicants for the high court. Brownback has 60 days to appoint one of them to the court.
Stegall was Brownback's chief counsel until the governor appointed him to the state Court of Appeals in January of this year. Arnold-Burger has served on that court since 2011.
Wheeler is chief judge of the 5th Judicial Circuit, made up of Lyon and Chase counties.