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CALDWELL -- A state judge who is facing a drunken driving charge says she will retire effective Jan. 4.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports 3rd District Judge Renae Hoff has announced her retirement. Seven candidates have submitted applications for the vacant position. Applications are being taken until Nov. 9 by the Idaho Judicial Council.

Hoff was arrested and charged with misdemeanor DUI on Aug. 25. She was removed from presiding over criminal cases until her DUI charge is resolved. She pleaded not guilty and her trial is set for Dec. 4.

The judicial council is scheduled to meet at the Canyon County Courthouse Dec. 6 to interview the candidates.

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