Voters have returned Associate Justice Natalie Hudson to the Minnesota Supreme Court in her first election test since Gov. Mark Dayton appointed her last year to fill the seat of retiring Justice Alan Page.
Hudson defeated family law attorney Michelle MacDonald in Tuesday’s nonpartisan race. Her re-election leaves the state’s highest court with a majority of justices appointed by the Democratic governor. Dayton has named four of the seven justices. He chose Hudson, who is African-American, to replace Page, the first black justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Hudson previously served 14 years on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She also spent two years as St. Paul city attorney.
In Minnesota, judicial appointments don’t require legislative confirmation. Judges must periodically stand for election, but few incumbents face serious challenges.
|Minnesota Supreme Court|
|Justice Natalie Hudson||58.79%||1,276,914|
|Third District, Court 9|
|Judge Pamela A.W. King||56.53%||100,045|
|Scott K. Springer||43.22%||76,498|
|Third District, Court 13|
|Judge Jeffrey M. Kritzer||57.24%||98,458|
|Craig D. Monnier||42.47%||73,108|
|Third District, Court 16|
|Judge Carmaine Sturino||51.52%||90,504|
|Third District, Court 17|
|Judge Terrence M. Walters||51.50%||90,780|
|David F. McLeod||48.23%||85,020|
|Third District, Court 21|
|Judge Kathy M. Wallace||62.25%||108,206|
|William L. French||37.49%||65,162|
|Fourth District, Court 37|
|Judge Carolina A. Lamas 68.92%||68.92%||294, 818|
|Luke Kyper Bellville||30.38%||129,970|
|Write-In||.69 % 2,958||2,958|
|Fourth District, Court 45|
|Judge Paul R. Scoggin||64.48%||257,506|