There’s been a lot of speculation lately about Supervisor Shawn Nelson wanting to be a judge.

Those plans are real after all, he confirmed last week.

In an interview with Voice of OC, Nelson said he plans to apply and/or run for a judicial seat at the end of his term as supervisor.

“I hope that I will be a judge at some point and that will be the end of me,” Nelson said when asked if he would be returning to his law firm, Rizio & Nelson.

The interview centered on Nelson’s income from the firm, which has been paying him over $100,000 per year while he serves as supervisor.

Nelson’s term as the Fourth District supervisor is slated to end in early 2019.

You can contact Nick Gerda at, and follow him on Twitter: @nicholasgerda.

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