Carney names Supreme Court nominee

WILMINGTON — Gov. John Carney on Monday announced he has nominated Gary F. Traynor to the Delaware Supreme Court. Mr. Traynor would replace Justice Randy Holland, who is retiring after 31 years on the court.

The nomination now goes to the Senate.

Mr. Traynor has been an assistant public defender since 2015. From 1990 to 2014, he worked at Prickett, Jones & Elliot.

“Gary is one of Delaware’s sharpest legal minds, and has a diverse legal background that will serve him well as a Justice on Delaware’s highest court,” Gov. Carney said in a statement. “I am convinced that Gary has the judgement and thoughtfulness necessary to serve on the Supreme Court, and I look forward to the Delaware Senate considering his nomination.”

Because Delaware law requires political balance on the state’s courts, Gov. Carney had to select a Republican for the Supreme Court seat being vacated by Justice Holland.

The selection is one of the first chances for Gov. Carney, who took office in January, to make his imprint on the judiciary.

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