Rogers is the third Bay Area judge in recent months to time retirement so that his successor will be elected instead of appointed by Gov. Gray Davis. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Judith Ford and San Francisco Judge Ina Gyemant will also have the fate of their seats decided by an election.

After nearly 20 years on the Contra Costa bench — and one day shy of the deadline to file election papers — the civil fast-track judge confirmed Tuesday that he won’t run again. Because Rogers won’t run, the deadline for candidates to file election papers is extended five days, to Monday.

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