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State Del. Kathleen Dumais is one of four people who Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday as new Montgomery County Circuit Court judges.

Dumais (D-Rockville) is in her fifth four-year term as a delegate.

The Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee will consider applicants to fill her seat in District 15 and recommend a finalist to Hogan, who makes the final choice.

She was one of six finalists to fill a circuit judge seat held by Gary E. Bair until he retired.

For 10 years, Dumais has been senior counsel with the Rockville firm Ethridge, Quinn, Kemp, Rowan & Hartinger, and previously was a principal at Paley Rothman, according to an announcement from Hogan’s office.

The other three people Hogan appointed to circuit judge seats on Tuesday were:


• Carlos Acosta, a Montgomery County District Court judge since 2018. Previously, he was the inspector general for the Prince George’s County Police Department for six years. He will succeed Ronald B. Rubin, who retired.

• Theresa Chernosky, a public defender in Montgomery County for the past 20 years. She also has worked in a public defenders’ office in Kentucky. She will succeed Cynthia Callahan, who retired.

• Rachel McGuckian, a managing principal for Miles & Stockbridge, where she has worked for 25 years. She previously worked as a public defender. She will succeed Robert A. Greenberg, who retired.


After being nominated by the governor, a circuit judge must stand for election for a 15-year-term in the next general election occurring one year after nomination to the court.

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