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Forum Communications, Published August 20 2012

Dayton picks Wright for state high court

ST. PAUL – The judge who led a panel that redrew political district lines earlier this year soon will be Minnesota’s first female African-American Supreme Court justice.

State Appeals Court Judge Wilhelmina Wright is Gov. Mark Dayton’s pick to replace just-retired Justice Helen Meyer.

The 48-year-old St. Paul resident singled out Rosalie Wahl, the first woman on Minnesota’s Supreme Court, and Alan Page, the high court’s first African-American. “My path has been paved by these two extraordinary justices,” she said.

Wright was Hennepin County judge and an assistant U.S. attorney.