Sullivan, Scoggin, Aho, Dawson win Hennepin County judge races

Four people have won spots on the Nov. 4 ballot for two open Hennepin County district judge positions.

A total of 27 judgeships will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. Twenty-three of those 27 judges are running unopposed.

Two districts have two candidates, so those posts will appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot but did not require a primary.

Dist. 43

Bridget Ann Sullivan and Paul Scoggin were the top two votegetters in the Dist. 43 judge race. They will square off against each other on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Seven candidates had sought the Dist. 43 seat. Incumbent Janet Poston did not file for re-election.

The winners:

Paul Scoggin, Edina, county prosecutor, graduate of University of Minnesota Law School – 24 percent of the vote

Bridget Ann Sullivan, Minneapolis, attorney in private practice, graduate of University of Minnesota Law School – 35 percent

The other candidates:

Daniel Cragg, Minneapolis, attorney in private practice, graduate of William Mitchell College of Law

Mark Gabriel Giancola, Minnetrista, attorney in private practice, graduate of William Mitchell College of Law

Brian C. Hagerty, Minneapolis, attorney in private practice, graduate of University of Michigan Law School

Jason T. Hutchinson, referee, Hennepin County Courts, graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School

Glen A. Norton, Plymouth, attorney in private practice, graduate of Hamline University School of Law

Dist. 61

In Dist. 61, judge Robert Small is not seeking re-election. Beverly Aho and Amy Dawson were the winners, and will now go onto the fall election ballot.

The winners:

Beverly J. Aho, Eden Prairie, attorney in private practice, graduate of the Hamline University School of Law – 32 percent of the vote

Amy Dawson, Minneapolis, attorney with the Autism Advocacy and Law Center, graduate of Indiana University School of Law – 27 percent of the vote

The other candidates:

Steven E. Antolak, Brooklyn Park, attorney in private practice, graduate of William Mitchell College of Law

Mark E. Arneson, St. Louis Park, attorney in private practice, graduate of William Mitchell College of Law

Jean M. Brandl, Minneapolis, attorney in private practice, graduate of University of Minnesota Law School

 

Two judge districts have two candidates, so those posts will appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot but did not require a primary.

 

Dist. 53

Judge Jane Ranum is not seeking re-election. The November general election ballot will include the following, seeking the Dist. 53 position:

Bev Benson, Plymouth, assistant Hennepin County Attorney, graduate of William Mitchel College of Law.

Chris Ritts, Maple Plain, attorney in private practice, graduate of Hamline University School of Law.

Dist. 16

In Dist. 16, Judge James Moore is seeking election to the seat to which he was appointed in 2012. He is being challenged in the November election:

James A Moore, Plymouth, Hennepin County District Court judge, graduate of Hamline University School of Law.

Bruce Michael Rivers, Minneapolis, attorney in private practice, graduate of William Mitchell College of Law.

Unopposed

These judges will be on the November ballot, and are running unopposed:

William H. Koch, Dist. 1

Kerry W. Meyer, Dist. 5

Philip D. Bush, Dist. 9

Kathryn L. Quaintance, Dist. 10

Martha Holton Dimick, Dist. 14

Gina M. Brandt, Dist. 19

Daniel C. Moreno, Dist. 20

Pamela G. Alexander, Dist. 25

Jay M. Quam, Dist. 27

Toddrick S. Barnette, Dist. 28

Susan M. Robiner, Dist. 30

Margaret A. Daly, Dist. 31

Peter Cahill, Dist. 32

Kathleen D. Sheehy, Dist. 38

Luis A. Bartolomei, Dist. 42

Tanya M. Bransford, Dist. 47

Ivy S. Bernhardson, Dist. 51

Kristin A. Siegesmund, Dist. 54

Edward T. Wahl, Dist. 55

Herbert P. Lefler, Dist. 56

Jeannice M. Reding, Dist. 57

James T. Swenson, Dist. 58

Ronald L. Abrams, Dist. 62

 

About the 4th District

The 4th Judicial District Court district, which includes all of Hennepin County, has 62 judges total. One-third of the judges are up for election each biennium. Each judgeship is assigned a district number, but all Hennepin County voters select the judges and judges serve the county as a whole.

Judges are elected to six-year terms. When a vacancy occurs mid-term, the governor appoints someone to take the open spot. Judges are nominated and run without party designation.

The 4th Judicial District court is the state’s largest, handling 800,000 cases each year.

Anyone who would like to learn more about Hennepin County District Court can go to mncourts.gov/district/4. For more information about the upcoming primary election, go to the Secretary of State’s website at sos.state.mn.us.

 FINAL VOTE TOTALS (414 OF 414 PRECINCTS REPORTING)

4th District Court – District 43

Bridget Ann Sullivan           19,408     34.57 percent

Paul Scoggin                       13,551     24.14 percent

Brian C. Hagerty                  8,723       15.54 percent

Glen A. Norton   4,416       7.87 percent

Daniel Cragg       3,972       7.08 percent

Mark Gabriel Giancola      3,077       5.48 percent

Jason T. Hutchison              2,991       5.33 percent

 

4th District Court – District 61

Beverly J. Aho     18,061     31.57 percent

Amy Dawson       15,314     26.77 percent

Jean M. Brandl   9,251       16.17 percent

Mark E. Arneson                  9,577       16.74 percent

Steven E. Antolak                5,013       8.76 percent

 

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