Six Court of Appeals Judges on Ballot

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Six judges of the Oklahoma Court of Appeals will be on the Nov. 8 General Election retention ballot. Those judges are: Stewart M. Hunter, Oklahoma City. Carol Hansen, Oklahoma City. James P. Garrett, Mangum. Carl B. Jones, Oklahoma City. Joe C. Taylor, Durant. Daniel J. Boudreau, Tulsa.

Hunter was born Nov. 14, 1927, the son of Scottish immigrants. In July 1945 he joined the U.S. Navy and served thirteen months active duty on Carrier Vessel Escort. He graduated in 1951 from Oklahoma A M College with a degree in Animal Husbandry and a commission in the Infantry. He served in Korea for eleven months with the 45th Division. Upon discharge, Hunter returned to Oklahoma City where he and his wife, the former Betty Elrod, have lived since 1953. They have two sons.

Hunter graduated from the Oklahoma City University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1962, then went into private law practice in Oklahoma City. On Jan. 13, 1969, he was appointed one of the first special judges in Oklahoma County.

In 1970 Hunter was elected associate district judge in Oklahoma County. In 1978 he was assigned to the Civil-Criminal Docket and in 1981 he became chief judge of the Domestic Relations Division of the District Court.

Hunter was elected to the Oklahoma Court of Appeals in 1982 without an opponent. In 1990 he was elected by his fellow judges to serve as vice-chief judge and then as chief judge. He has served the Court of Appeals for two terms.

Hansen was born and raised within a quarter of a mile of the State Capitol. Hansen graduated from Classen High School. She completed her undergraduate degree at Oklahoma City University with a B.A. in Psychology. After graduation, she taught school in Oklahoma City and in Noble.

Hansen married Paul N. Hansen while he was coaching at Noble High School. They have five daughters.

She received her law degree from Oklahoma City University in 1974. Upon graduation she served for five years as judicial counsel to Justice John B. Doolin of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. She then moved to Stillwater, where she practiced law as the managing attorney for the Stillwater offices of Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma. Hansen also served as municipal judge of the City of Stillwater.

In 1984, Hansen took the position of marshal of the Supreme Court and in 1985 Gov. George Nigh appointed her as judge of the Court of Appeals. Hansen was elected to that position in 1986 in a contested election throughout the 6th Congressional District. She is in her 10th year as a judge of the Court of Appeals and is seeking to be retained for another six-year term.

Hansen has served as vice-chief judge of the court, and in 1993 she was elected by her fellow judges as chief judge of the court, the first female to serve as chief judge of any appellate court in the State of Oklahoma.

Hansen is a member of the American Bar Association and has participated in the American Inns of Court and numerous Oklahoma Bar Association committees. She also serves as a member of the Dispute Resolution Advisory Board, a board statutorily created to implement alternative dispute resolution programs.

Garrett was first judge elected to the Oklahoma Court of Appeals in 1986. He was afterwards retained as a judge of the court in 1988 and is currently the presiding judge of the Court's Division One.

Before becoming a judge on the Court of Appeals, Garrett served as assistant attorney general for seven years, city attorney for Mangum for more than 20 years, practiced law for more than 20 years and served as district attorney from 1983-86.

Garrett is a combat veteran of World War II. After his military service, Garrett graduated with a B.S. in Business, and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Garrett has been active in various community and state organizations, having served as a member of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, president of the Mangum Rotary Club, member of the Mangum School Board, president of the Mangum Chamber of Commerce, and life member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. …

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