Lila Statom and Jerry Sloan have submitted applications to replace Judge Steve Bevil as judge in Criminal Court. Judge Bevil died recently.
Attorney Don Poole and Assistant District Attorney Rodney Strong applied earlier.
Public Defender Ardena Garth got in at the last minute.
The five candidates will appear before the Judicial Selection Commission, which will make recommendations to Gov. Phil Bredesen. The hearing before the commission is Jan. 6 at 8:30 a.m. at the Marriott.
Ms. Statom is a Red Bank High School graduate who went on to get her law degree at Memphis State University and a master's in law at Emory University.
She joined the prosecutor's office in Nashville in 1989, and joined the staff of District Attorney Bill Cox in 1998.
Attorney Sloan was also a longtime member of the local district attorney's office.
If Ms. Garth is named to the post, the governor would name her replacement as public defender. One of those mentioned for the position is attorney John Brooks. He is a former chairman of the Hamilton County Democratic Party. Another is Karla Gothard, executive assistant to Ms. Garth.
Also, the Judicial Selection Commission met today in Cleveland on the appointment to replace Judge Steve Bebb, who is retiring.
The three applicants are James Stutts, Amy Reedy and Sandra Donaghy.