The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association endorsed two area attorneys for judgeships Friday during a special meeting at Rockingham County Circuit Court.
The bar endorsed lawyers James Clough and John Hart for the position of general district court judge.
They also endorsed Clough for a possible judgehship on the juvenile and domestic relations court.
To be endorsed, a candidate must receive at least two-thirds of votes.
The bar also found that Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Bailey qualified to be a juvenile and domestic relations court judge.
To be found qualified, a candidate must receive at least one-half of the votes but less than two-thirds.
The bar didn’t endorse a candidate for circuit court judge.
This year's proposed budget in the General Assembly includes funding for two new circuit judgeships and one general district court judge in the 26th Judicial District, which includes Clark, Frederick, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren counties, and the cities of Harrisonburg and Winchester. The House and Senate are at odds on whether to fund a juvenile and domestic relations court judge.