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Commission recommends 9th Judicial District candidates

Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District consists of Aitkin, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwat

The Commission on Judicial Selection announced Tuesday it is recommending three candidates to Gov. Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District.

This vacancy was created upon the resignation of the Honorable Donald J. Aandal. This district court judgeship will be chambered at Warren in Marshall County in the 9th Judicial District.

■ Corey Harbott, an assistant public defender in Minnesota’s 9th Judicial District, where his caseload primarily consists of adult gross misdemeanor and felony matters. Previously, Harbott served as a judicial law clerk in Minnesota’s 9th Judicial District. Harbott volunteers as a coach with Crookston Park and Rec Baseball and as a Sunday school teacher with Trinity Lutheran Church.

■ Eric Schieferdecker is an assistant attorney general for the state of Minnesota, primarily prosecuting murder, drug, and implied consent cases in the 7th and 9th judicial districts. Previously, he was the chief assistant Beltrami County attorney.

Schieferdecker is a Students First Mentor at Bemidji Middle School and is a board member and vice-chair of Support Within Reach, a sexual violence resource center serving Aitkin, Beltrami, Cass, Hubbard, and Itasca counties.

■ Gregory Widseth is the Polk County Attorney, serving as the primary legal adviser for Polk County while maintaining a full criminal caseload. Previously, Widseth was a partner at Odland, Fitzgerald, Reynolds, Remick & Widseth, where his practice included criminal prosecution, civil litigation, and personal injury cases. Widseth is a member of the Polk County Coordinated Victim Services Advisory Board, a Crookston Youth Basketball coach, and the vice-chair of the Scholastic Book Fair.

Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District consists of Aitkin, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.

An announcement of the appointment will be made following an interview process over the next few weeks.

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