As reported here yesterday, Howard Orenstein announced his candidacy for the Ramsey County bench and Paul Godfrey said “maybe.” Now two more possible candidates for the Ramsey County bench have thrown their hats in the air if not exactly into the ring.
Ramsey County Assistant Public Defender Connie Iverson said that she has been approached about running for judge and plans to seriously consider it after checking out the details. Iverson, a managing attorney, has served with the PD’s office since 1992 except for a two-year stint with the former St. Paul firm of Doherty, Rumble and Butler.
Minneapolis attorney and former state representative Andy Dawkins also said that he will be starting this weekend to put together a campaign committee. “What a real opportunity. It would be great to be on the bench,” Dawkins told Minnesota Lawyer. He has been serving as a part-time child support magistrate in Hennepin County for the last two years and is of counsel at the firm Mansfield, Tanick and Cohen. Dawkins served in the Legislature from 1987-2002. He also served in the Mayor Randy Kelly’s administration as Director of Neighborhood Improvement.