Three veteran Hennepin County prosecutors are among the field of four candidates vying for the seat left vacant by a retiring judge in Minnesota's Fourth Judicial District.
Assistant Hennepin County Attorneys Elizabeth Cutter, Deborah Russell and Diane Krenz, as well as business lawyer Steven Antolak, are vying for the seat left open when longtime Judge Deborah Hedlund retired after 32 years on the bench.
Cutter and Russell have 20 and 18 years experience respectively in the county attorney's office, where both serve in the adult prosecution division. Krenz, who has been with the office 29 years, serves in the community prosecution division, where she handles property crimes. Last month, Russell prosecuted Amy Senser, who was convicted on two of three counts of criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Anousone Phanthavong, 38.
In another race, Assistant Minneapolis City Attorney Lois Conroy and criminal defense lawyer Marc Berris are running for a judicial seat left vacant by Patricia Karasov, who decided not to run for re-election. Karasov was suspended for six months without pay by the Minnesota Supreme Court for living outside her district and hindering an investigation into the matter.
Tuesday marked the candidate filing deadline with Minnesota secretary of state.
The field of contenders for the seat will be narrowed during primary elections Aug. 14. The state general election is Nov. 6.
On June 1, Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Deputy Hennepin County Attorney Pat Diamond a judge in the Second Judicial District, which includes Ramsey County.