The list of candidates to fill the Okaloosa county judge’s seat of retiring T. Patterson Maney has been whittled from seven to five.

Gov. Rick Scott will select the new judge from a list that includes personal injury attorney J. Bruce Bowman and four lawyers who prosecute cases for the First Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office.

The assistant state attorneys still in the running are Ginger Bowden Madden, Angela Mason, Jonathan Schlechter and David Stevens.

Scott has until May 25 to make a decision.

Bowman is a partner with the law firm of Conerly, Bowman and Dykes in Destin. He graduated from South Texas College of Law in 1987 and practices personal injury law, civil litigation, real estate and corporate transactional law. He also is a certified civil mediator.

Madden is a graduate of Florida State University Law School. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1994 and has spent 24 years as a lawyer. She works primarily in County Court prosecuting misdemeanor cases.

Mason is a special prosecutor with the State Attorney’s Office with almost 16 years of experience. She was born and raised in Okaloosa County and graduated from the University of Tennessee Law School.

Schlechter graduated from the Florida Coastal School of Law. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2009 and prosecutes felony cases.

Stevens graduated from the Regent University School of Law and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2010. He is also qualified to practice in U.S. District Court. He started his legal career with the firm of Zalkin Revell PLLC in Santa Rosa Beach and has been prosecuting cases, primarily felonies, for seven years.

When Maney steps down it will be nearly 29 years to the day that then-Gov. Robert Martinez phoned him May 19, 1989, to inform him he had been appointed to succeed Mike Jones as Okaloosa County’s county judge.

On Jan. 31, 2016, Maney became the longest-serving county or circuit court judge in Florida’s First Judicial Circuit.