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Chief Justice Minnesota Supreme Court

Dan Griffith

Age: 50

Current employment: Attorney

Public office experience: I have not held public office

What makes you the most qualified candidate for the post you¹re seeking?:

Judges should apply the law, not rewrite it. Government is either our master or our servant. Our right to vote reminds our leaders, including our judges, that they work for us.

My wife Debbie and I have been married for 21 years and we are raising four sons. I have practiced law full-time for nearly 19 years, served our country in the military, litigated hundreds of cases in court and served our community in several activities from 4-H to the Children’s Justice Initiative. I offer a servant’s perspective as a Supreme Court justice.For more information please go to

Lorie Skjerven Gildea

Age: 51

Current employment: Chief justice, Minnesota Supreme Court

Public office experience: I have served as Chief Justice since July 1, 2010.  Prior to becoming Chief Justice, I was an associate justice on the Supreme Court beginning in January 2006, and the people of Minnesota elected me to that position in November 2008. Before joining the Supreme Court, I served on the Hennepin County District Court.

What makes you the most qualified candidate for the post you're seeking?:

I am the best qualified candidate for chief justice because I am the only candidate with experience doing the job and because my record proves that I am good at it. My record of service as chief justice demonstrates that I am a person of principle, an innovative leader, a good manager and a clear and effective communicator. Based on my record, I have received public support from leaders in the legal and academic communities, including the people who best understand the challenges and work of the chief justice, Minnesota’s last four chief justices. For more, visit my website:

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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