CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Attorney Letitia "Tish" Chafin has withdrawn her name from consideration for the open circuit court seat in Mingo County.
Chafin submitted a letter Thursday to the state Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission asking her name be withdrawn from the candidate pool. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's spokeswoman Amy Shuler Goodwin confirmed the office received Chafin's letter.
Chafin, a private attorney with offices in Williamson and Charleston, was one of seven applicants for the seat recently vacated by Michael Thornsbury.
Her decision to withdraw comes a day after the Daily Mail reported her ties to several members of the commission.
"The citizens of Mingo County need and deserve a judge who is fair and honest and will work to restore the public's confidence in the judicial system," Chafin wrote in the letter, a copy of which was posted to wvmetronews.com.
"I applied out of a concern that there would be few if any applicants that would meet those criteria."
After reviewing the candidates who have applied, Chafin wrote it appears there are enough capable applicants for the commission to consider.
The other applicants are Williamson attorney Robert Carlton, Mingo County public defense attorney Jonathan "Duke" Jewell, attorney and Williamson Municipal Judge Steven Knopp, Mingo County Chief Public Defender Teresa McCune, Mingo County assistant prosecutor and county commission attorney Glen Rutledge and Mingo Family Court Judge Miki Thompson.
In the letter, Chafin said she prefers to remain focused on her family and practicing law.
Commission member and Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said he spoke with Chafin Thursday.