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Judge Finalists

It's now up to Governor Kim Reynolds to fill a judicial vacancy in eastern Iowa. A nominating commission has chosen two names for her consideration in the 7th Judicial District, which includes the Quad Cities.

Michael Motto of Davenport has his own private practice and serves as a part-time magistrate judge in Scott County. Tamra Roberts of Tipton also has a private practice and serves as a part-time magistrate judge in Cedar County.

One of them will replace District Judge Nancy Tabor who's retired. 

Iowa's 7th Judicial District is based in Davenport and includes Cedar, Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine, and Scott counties. The nominating commission interviewed eight applicants for the job Monday and announced the finalists Tuesday, Motto and Roberts. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.