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Emily Welker, Published July 02 2013

Four finalists chosen for new Fargo judgeship

BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple has until the end of the month to pick from a field of four finalists for a new judgeship serving Fargo and Cass County.

The finalists are: Norman Anderson, a Fargo attorney; Constance Cleveland, an assistant Cass County State’s Attorney; Thomas Olson, a Fargo attorney; and Robert Stroup III, an attorney for Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Fargo.

The Judicial Nominating Committee picked the four from 10 applicants seeking to be the ninth judge for the East Central Judicial District, a district that includes Cass, Traill and Steele counties. Seven of the district’s eight current judges are chambered in Fargo, though all of them have their offices in Fargo.

Dalrymple has until July 31 to make his selection from these candidates, ask for another list from the nominating committee or call an election.

In a survey of members of the State Bar Association of North Dakota, Anderson, Olson and Stroup were the top three overall scorers among the 10 candidates who were ranked on five different characteristics. Cleveland ranked sixth.

Olson graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. The other three finalists are all graduates of the law school at the University of North Dakota.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541