AUGUSTA — Evert Fowle, the district attorney for Kennebec and Somerset counties, received a unanimous vote of approval Tuesday from a state panel after Gov. Paul LePage nominated him to be a district court judge.

More than 10 people testified in support of Fowle during an afternoon confirmation hearing before the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, while two people testified in opposition. His nomination now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

While speaking in favor of Fowle, LePage attorney Dan Billings said the only fault he could find with Fowle is that he is a Democrat.

Fowle, 54, of Vassalboro, was first elected district attorney, as a Democrat, in 2002.

Fowle has recommended that Deputy District Attorney Alan Kelley, of West Gardiner, replace him as district attorney.

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