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Associated Press, Published August 26 2010

9 apply for ND Southeast District judge seat in New Rockford

BISMARCK (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court says nine lawyers have applied for a vacant district judgeship in New Rockford.

The Judicial Nominating Committee will interview the applicants on Sept. 21 in Jamestown and make a recommendation to Gov. John Hoeven. Hoeven then will have 30 days to appoint a judge, ask for new candidates or call an election.

The vacant seat on the Southeast District bench was created by the death in May of Judge James Bekken.

The applicants to replace him are: Blake Hankey and James Hovey of Grand Forks; James Johnson of Stanton; Ann Mahoney of Center; Paul Murphy of Carrington; Travis Peterson of New Rockford; Jay Schmitz of Jamestown; Kathleen Trosen of Fessenden; and James Wang of Minnewaukan.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.