SACRAMENTO (CN) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger filed a petition Tuesday to ensure that his nominee for the state’s new chief justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, will be on the ballot for confirmation by voters in November’s general election.
Schwarzenegger recently named the Republican appellate Justice Cantil-Sakauye to replace Ronald George, who retired unexpectedly on July 14.
The 50-year-old Sacramento native has served as an associate justice for the Third District Court of Appeal since 2005, and was a Sacramento Superior Court judge from 1997 to 2004. She is also a member of California’s Judicial Council.
Cantil-Sakauye earned her B.A. and law degrees from the University of California, Davis. She is of Filipino descent and the first minority to be nominated for the position.
In the petition, Schwarzenegger asked the federal court to include Cantil-Sakauye’s candidate statement in the ballot, the omission of which would “suggest to voters that there is no nominee for Chief Justice.”