The Roanoke Times has this article that says Senators Puckett and Edwards want to be the deciders for one of the judicial vacancies in the 27th District, if Judge Long is elevated to the Circuit Court.
In the 27th District, there has been a vacancy on the juvenile court since Judge Blankenship left the bench. I met him for the first time not too long ago, and shook his hand.
Separately, The Virginia Bar Association released this statement, urging the General Assembly to fill the 48 vacant judgeships plus the 13 additional vacancies expected next year from retirements. Two local judges whom I understand will retire next year are Judge Tate and Judge Freeman.