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Published September 14 2012

Three candidates named for Clay court vacancy

MOORHEAD – The Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection has announced three candidates for a vacancy in the Seventh Judicial District that was created when District Court Judge Michael Kirk was named to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

The judgeship will be chambered in Moorhead in Clay County.

Gov. Mark Dayton will select one of the three candidates after an interview process.

The candidates are:

• Michael D. Fritz, the Becker County attorney.

• Johnathan R. Judd, an attorney who maintains a private practice and who also provides public defender services with the state Board of Public Defense.

• Michelle Winkis Lawson, the chief assistant Clay County attorney for the civil division.

Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District consists of Becker, Benton, Clay, Douglas, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd and Wadena counties.