Gov. Ned Lamont recently named 15 nominees to fill vacancies on the state Superior Court bench — three from the local area.
The nominees include Carletha Texidor of Southington, Gladys Idelis Nieves, a Meriden native, and Chris Pelosi of Berlin.
Texidor, 43, is an assistant attorney general focusing on employment rights. She’s served in the office since 2014 after stints in private practice in New York City and as counsel for the New York City Department of Education. Texidor is a graduate of Lewisham College and the University of Greenwich in England.
Gladys Idelis Nieves, 49, of New Haven is a family support magistrate for the Judicial Branch, serving since 2014. The Meriden native previously worked in private practice representing parents and children involved in child abuse and neglect proceedings as well as termination of parental rights. Nieves earned her law degree from New York University and an undergraduate degree from Yale University.
Chris Pelosi, 55, of Berlin is a senior assistant state’s attorney in the Hartford district since 1999. Pelosi handles serious felony cases from disposition to arraignment. Previously, Pelosi served as a probation officer in the Danbury and Waterbury judicial districts. Pelosi earned his undergraduate degree from Assumption College and his law degree from Quinnipiac University.
“This class of women and men bring with them a diverse background of experience and qualifications that meet the high standards that the residents of Connecticut deserve to have serving in leadership positions in the court system,” Lamont said in a statement.
The last class of judicial nominations was approved under the Malloy administration in 2018. Fifty positions are currently vacant. State statutes authorize 185 judges on the court.