Former Judge Tom McCarty is the Summit County Republican Party’s top pick to fill a vacant seat in common pleas court.

The party, which met Wednesday night to choose candidates, selected Barberton Municipal Judge Chris Croce and Scott Stevenson, an attorney whose wife is Diana Stevenson, the Barberton court clerk, as its other choices.

The party will submit its list of candidates to Gov. John Kasich, who will choose the replacement to fulfill the term of Summit County Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter, who retired July 31. Her term runs through February 2015.

“Any of them are qualified to be judge,” said Alex Arshinkoff, the county party chairman.

McCarty, a former Akron municipal judge, lost his seat in 2011 to Joy Malek Oldfield. He is married to Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty.

Hunter, the most senior member of the Summit County Common Pleas bench, served as a county judge for 16 years, first in juvenile court, then in common pleas, where she was appointed to a seat in 2003. Before that, she was clerk for Akron Municipal Court for five years.