The Other Candidates

1-IMG_1195 (2) (Custom)A total of 14 lawyers filed to run for the 3 open Hennepin County judicial seats on the ballot in 2014. Half of them—including me—filed for seat 43, being vacated by Judge Janet Poston. Two of them filed for seat 53, being vacated by Judge Jane Ranum (no primary for them!). And five of them filed for seat 61, being vacated by Judge Robert Small.

“Wait a minute,” you might be thinking, “why is Brian Hagerty telling me about his opponents?”

Simple: I’m going to show the same openness, transparency, and honesty as a candidate that I plan to show as a judge. Also, a big part of a judge’s job is to educate and inform the parties and the public, both in writing and from the bench. This is me, educating and informing you about the upcoming election.

Candidates for Judge Poston’s seat (43):

  • Brian Hagerty. That’s me.
  • Daniel Cragg. He has a campaign website. He also has a LinkedIn profile. He graduated from college in 2004 and from the William Mitchell College of Law in 2009. In 2014, he was an associate at Eckland & Blando, a Minneapolis firm that specializes in government-contract-related litigation. He has since become a partner.
  • Mark Gabriel Giancola. He had a campaign Facebook page, but it is gone. He graduated from the William Mitchell College of law in 1991 after having been a nurse for close to 10 years.  He’s currently a criminal-defense attorney in private practice.
  • Jason T. Hutchison. He had a campaign website, but it is gone. He is a referee in Hennepin County District Court who graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2003.
  • Glen A. Norton. He had a campaign website, but it is gone. He graduated from Hamline Law School in 1985. In 2014, he was a a Henningson & Snoxell, but now he has his own law firm.
  • Paul Scoggin. After placing second in the primary and in the general election in 2014, Scoggin was appointed to the bench. Now-Judge Scoggin has a campaign website and a Facebook page.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1984 and was a career prosecutor in Hennepin County before becoming a judge.
  • Bridget Ann Sullivan. Now-Judge Sullivan placed first in both the primary and the general election in 2014. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1995.

Other races

Candidates for Judge Ranum’s seat (53):

  • Bev Benson. Now-Judge Benson placed first in both the primary and the general election. She graduated from the William Mitchell College of Law in 1985 and was a prosecutor in Hennepin County.
  • Chris Ritts. He had a campaign website in 2014 that he is again using in 2016, as he mounts a quixotic campaign against Judge Paul Scoggin. Ritts graduated from Hamline Law School in 1985, was a criminal-defense and civil attorney at Dunlap & Ritts in 2014, and is now in private practice at Ritts & Associates.

Candidates for Judge Small’s seat (61):

  • Steve Antolak. He had a campaign website that is now gone. He graduated from the William Mitchell College of Law in 1983 and is currently in solo practice. He ran, unsuccessfully, against now-Judge Liz Cutter in 2012.
  • Beverly Aho. Aho, who placed second in the primary and general elections in 2014, has a campaign website and Facebook page. She graduated from Hamline Law School in 2006; she got an MBA from the University of Minnesota in 1995. She is currently an attorney at the James H. Gilbert Law Group in Eden Prairie.
  • Mark Arneson. He had a campaign Facebook page, but it’s gone. He graduated from the William Mitchell College of Law in 1997 and is currently a criminal-defense lawyer at Arneson and Geffen.
  • Jean M. Brandl. She had a campaign website that is now gone. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1988.  She is currently a criminal-defense lawyer in private practice.
  • Amy Dawson. Now-Judge Dawson had a campaign website and Facebook page, but both are gone now. She graduated from the Indiana University School of Law in 1992. She was previously the executive director of the Autism Advocacy & Law Center.