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T he first African-American woman to become an Alameda County judge plans to retire when her term ends in 2002, and a former State Bar Court presiding judge wants to run for the seat.

After nearly 20 years on the bench, Judith Ford said it’s time for her to pay more attention to her family and her personal life.

“I love my job,” said Ford, who’ll be 67 when she steps down in November 2002. “I will miss the challenges and the people I work with.” However, she added, “I have a full life.”

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