By this morning, one candidate had officially filed application to be considered as the next judge in the 10th Judicial Circuit, serving Oconee and Anderson counties. One week remains in a filing period set by the South Carolina Merit Selection Commission. According to Jane Shuler, chief counsel for the commission, the one candidate is Scott Sprouse, an attorney in Seneca. Sprouse also serves as Walhalla Municipal Judge and Westminster City Attorney. The deadline to apply is noon Monday, March 10. The seat available is that now held by Alex Macaulay of West Union, who reached the state’s mandatory retirement age for judges at the end of January. Macaulay will serve through December 31.