A Judicial Nominating Commission on Tuesday recommended Judge J. Miles Hanisee, Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge Judith Nakamura and state Administrative Office of the Courts Director Arthur Pepin.
They were among seven applicants for a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Celia Foy Castillo at the end of this year.
Hanisee was named to the appeals court last year by Martinez but was defeated in the general election by Democrat Monica Zamora, who has not yet taken office.
Hanisee is a Republican and a former federal prosecutor. He received his law degree from Pepperdine University.