Eight finalists have been named by the Election Commission for election administrator.
They are Jules Doux, Michael Kirk, Patrick McFadden, Sharon Moody, Sherry Moss, Louise Patterson, Kerry Steelman and David Torbett.
Ms. Patterson is a longtime Election Commission employee.
There were 39 applicants to replace Charlotte Mullis-Morgan, who is retiring in early February.
Mr. Walden said each of the five commissioners listed favorites, and the finalists were chosen from that list.
He said the eight finalists will be interviewed by the entire commission. He said the interviews would be open.