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Voters favor Chutich in only contested race for Minnesota Supreme Court

In the only contested race in this year’s Minnesota Supreme Court race, incumbent Justice Margaret Chutich, left, squared off against Michelle MacDonald., right. Forum News Service file

ST. PAUL — In the only contested race in this year’s Minnesota Supreme Court race, incumbent Justice Margaret Chutich was fending off challenger Michelle MacDonald.

As of 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Chutich, who has served on Minnesota’s Supreme Court since 2016, was leading MacDonald by a 56 to 43 percentage vote.

This was MacDonald’s second attempt at running for a seat on Minnesota’s Supreme Court.

In 2016, she was defeated when she ran against incumbent Justice Natalie Hudson, who has served on the Minnesota Supreme Court since 2015.

The Minnesota Supreme Court consists of seven justices, all of whom serve a six-year term. The chief justice earns an annual salary of $167,000, while justices receive $152,000 annually.

Three other seats, all of which were uncontested, were also voted on, including chief justice.

Incumbent Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, who was appointed by former Gov. Tim Pawlenty in 2010, will continue to serve in her current role through 2024.

Incumbents Barry Anderson and Anne K. McKeig, representing seats 1 and 5, respectively, both ran uncontested and will also continue to serve in their current roles through 2024.

Other Minnesota Supreme Court justices include Justice Natalie Hudson, Justice David Lillehaug and Justice Paul Thissen.

All justices are required to be "learned in the law" and under 70 years old.

Ross Torgerson

Digital Reporter for Forum Communications. Native of Moorhead, Minn. Have a question or story idea? Email me at rtorgerson@forumcomm.com. Follow me on Twitter @RossTorgerson

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