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11 apply for ND Supreme Court vacancy

BISMARCK—An impending vacancy on the North Dakota Supreme Court has attracted 11 applicants, including three judges, the court announced Monday, May 15.

The vacancy will be created when Justice Carol Kapsner resigns on July 31.

The applicants are:

• Reid Brady, Fargo

• Grady Crooks, Haughton, La.

• Charles DeMakis, Minot

• Judge James Hill, Mandan

• Judge Jon Jensen, Grand Forks

• Sophie Morgan, Bismarck

• Janilyn Murtha, Dickinson

• Matthew Olson, Minot

• Judge Robin Schmidt, Watford City

• Todd Schwarz, Bismarck

• Marina Spahr, Bismarck

A judicial nominating committee will interview the applicants and make recommendations to Gov. Doug Burgum. He will then have 30 days to make a selection from the list of nominees, ask for another list or call an election, according to Supreme Court news release.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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