MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A Martinsburg attorney announced Saturday that he is seeking a judgeship in the Eastern Panhandle's 23rd Judicial Circuit.
Michael Santa Barbara, 48, said in a press release that he was seeking the Democratic Party's nomination to fill the vacancy created by Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr.
Steptoe, who was elected in 1984, will retire from the bench at the end of his term Dec. 31, 2008.
"The idea of public service has always appealed to me," Santa Barbara said in the release. "I have been very happy trying cases and representing my clients' interests, but I have always felt that there was something a little selfish about my efforts.
"If I am fortunate enough to be elected to the bench, I can combine my interest in public service and the even more noble idea of promoting the rule of law. The citizens of the tri-county area have a world class set of judges, and while we are losing a tremendous judicial talent through Judge Steptoe's retirement, I am personally excited by the prospect that I might be able to join the judges already here in the Eastern Panhandle, and work for the public good and the rule of law through that office."