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State Bar Association survey gives Tufte top marks in N.D. Supreme Court race

BISMARCK - State Bar Association attorneys gave Southeast Judicial District Judge Jerod Tufte higher marks than his opponent in the race for an open seat on the North Dakota Supreme Court, according to survey results released Friday. [[{"type":"m...

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  BISMARCK – State Bar Association attorneys gave Southeast Judicial District Judge Jerod Tufte higher marks than his opponent in the race for an open seat on the North Dakota Supreme Court, according to survey results released Friday.
 Tufte and longtime Bismarck attorney Robert Bolinske Sr. are vying for a 10-year term on the Supreme Court, seeking the seat being vacated by Justice Dale Sandstrom, who is retiring at the end of this year. The bar association asked attorneys to rate the qualifications of judicial candidates in several categories on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest. Of the 2,934 survey recipients, 248 responded. Tufte received an average rank of 3.96, compared with 2.99 for Bolinske. Tufte ranked more than 1 point higher in professional competence, judicial temperament and integrity, while Bolinske ranked higher in legal experience by two-hundredths of a point. Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple appointed Tufte to the bench in Valley City in July 2014. Before that, Tufte served as the governor’s legal counsel for three years. Supreme Court justice is a nonpartisan position. The top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary election will advance to the November election, so Tufte and Bolinske will square off then. Justice Lisa Fair McEvers is running unopposed for an unexpired two-year term in the Supreme Court seat she was appointed to in November 2013. Some district judgeship races have a larger field that will be narrowed to two candidates Tuesday. Of the four candidates in the Northeast Judicial District, Lonnie Olson received an average rank of 4.01, followed by Ryan Thompson and James Wang tied at 3.6 and Kari Agotness at 3.33. In the Southeast Judicial District, Lyle Bopp received an average rank of 3.94, followed by Mark Blumer at 3.67 and Carl Martineck at 3.37. North Central Judicial District Judge Stacy Louser received a higher rank than challenger Robert Martin, 3.9 to 3.41, while Southeast Judicial District Judge Daniel Narum got a higher rank than challenger Kimberly Radermacher, 4.19 to 3.27.   BISMARCK – State Bar Association attorneys gave Southeast Judicial District Judge Jerod Tufte higher marks than his opponent in the race for an open seat on the North Dakota Supreme Court, according to survey results released Friday.
 Tufte and longtime Bismarck attorney Robert Bolinske Sr. are vying for a 10-year term on the Supreme Court, seeking the seat being vacated by Justice Dale Sandstrom, who is retiring at the end of this year.The bar association asked attorneys to rate the qualifications of judicial candidates in several categories on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest. Of the 2,934 survey recipients, 248 responded.Tufte received an average rank of 3.96, compared with 2.99 for Bolinske. Tufte ranked more than 1 point higher in professional competence, judicial temperament and integrity, while Bolinske ranked higher in legal experience by two-hundredths of a point.Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple appointed Tufte to the bench in Valley City in July 2014. Before that, Tufte served as the governor’s legal counsel for three years.Supreme Court justice is a nonpartisan position. The top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary election will advance to the November election, so Tufte and Bolinske will square off then.Justice Lisa Fair McEvers is running unopposed for an unexpired two-year term in the Supreme Court seat she was appointed to in November 2013.Some district judgeship races have a larger field that will be narrowed to two candidates Tuesday.Of the four candidates in the Northeast Judicial District, Lonnie Olson received an average rank of 4.01, followed by Ryan Thompson and James Wang tied at 3.6 and Kari Agotness at 3.33.In the Southeast Judicial District, Lyle Bopp received an average rank of 3.94, followed by Mark Blumer at 3.67 and Carl Martineck at 3.37.North Central Judicial District Judge Stacy Louser received a higher rank than challenger Robert Martin, 3.9 to 3.41, while Southeast Judicial District Judge Daniel Narum got a higher rank than challenger Kimberly Radermacher, 4.19 to 3.27. 

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