Conventional wisdom says the campaign season in Minnesota heats up after Labor Day. And though judicial are considered “down ballot” and draw nowhere near as much attention from voters as the Presidential Election and the two constitutional amendments so far, there are a few signs of life.
The Hennepin County Bar Association has published a candidate guide for the two contested judicial races in the Fourth District (Hennepin County.)
The guide is available here at the HCBA website.
Marc Berris and Lois Conroy are running for an open seat and so are Elizabeth Cutter and Steve Antolak.
Each candidate was asked the same two questions:
Why do you want to be a Hennepin County Judge? And, why are you qualified to be a Hennepin County Judge?
The HCBA is also doing an online poll for members to vote for their favored candidate. The poll runs through tomorrow.
The Dakota Bar Association is also hosting a candidate forum for the two contested races in the First Judicial District tomorrow night. Judge Kathryn Messerich and Bruce Gravely oppose each other. Judge Diane Hanson and Michael L. Larson oppose each other. All four candidates have been invited to attend the forum.
It starts at 5:15 p.m. with a CLE seminar. The forum starts at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Old Chicago Restaurant, 14998 Glazier Ave., Apple Valley, MN 55124.