To my surprise, I got a voice mail yesterday morning—Tuesday, June 3 (the last day for a candidate to file)—from a stranger saying that he saw that I had filed to run for judge, and asking me to call him.
As it turned out, the caller wanted to know if I was interested in the Republican endorsement. Apparently the party knew that another person in the race was a Democrat, and the party was looking for someone to endorse.
I politely said no. Judges aren’t always above politics, but they should be. So although I’ll be seeking personal endorsements, I won’t seek or accept partisan endorsements, whether from the Republicans, the DFL, or anyone else. (Not to mention that the DFL doesn’t actually endorse judicial candidates.)