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Thursday, October 2, 2008

State Bar announces lawyers' preferences in District Court races

In the previous post, we report the results of the Minnesota State Bar Association poll for the statewide appellate races. The following are the results of the Bar poll for the contested local District Court races. The polling was conducted in conjunction with local bar groups.

1st Judicial District

The incumbent, Judge Joseph Carter, handily beat Rice County prosecutor Nathaniel J. Reitz 91.5 percent (43 votes) to 8.5 percent (4 votes). Minnesota Lawyer has a story on this race in its upcoming edition.

2nd Judicial District (Ramsey County)

In the race for the seat left vacant by the retirement of Judge John Finley, Hennepin County prosecutor Howard Orenstein squeaked by Children’s Law Center of Minnesota executive director Gail Chang Bohr 51 percent (234 votes) to 49 percent (228 votes). This race, which pits a well-known former state lawmaker against a popular nonprofit executive/ attorney is turning out to be a nail biter.

3rd Judicial District

Incumbent Judge Lawrence E. Agerter prevailed over Burnsville attorney Anthony J. Mossbrugger 75.5 percent (40 votes) to 24.5 percent (13 votes).

4th Judicial District (Hennepin County)

  • Incumbent Judge Philip D. Bush trounced challenger Alan Eugene Link 97 percent (1,015 votes) to 3 percent (30 votes). Link has declined to furnish information about his candidacy, including his photo, and was the only candidate not to participate in the Hennepin County Bar Association’s debate.
  • In the race for the seat left vacant by the retiring Judge Thomas Wexler, family court referee David Piper fetched 59.5 percent (622 votes) to Hennepin County prosecutor Jane Ranum’s 40.5 percent (424 votes);
  • Incumbent Judge James T. Swenson received 78 percent (836 votes) to District Court referee Thomas F. Haeg’s 22 percent (234 votes)

8th Judicial District

Incumbent Judge Randall Slieter outpolled challenger Glen M. (Jake) Jacobsen 84 percent (31 votes) to 16 percent (6 votes).

10th District

There are two contested District Court races in the 10th District, but the 10th District Bar chose not to participate in the polling.

For more information on the judicial elections, go to Minnesota Lawyer's online Judicial elections guide, which you can access by clicking here.

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