Michelle MacDonald, the 2014 Republican endorsed candidate for the Minnesota Supreme Court, said today she applied for a vacancy on the Minnesota Supreme Court, created by the upcoming retirement of Associate Justice Alan C. Page.

"I am highly qualified to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court and I have a passion for serving people and justice," said MacDonald. The deadline for applications to submit materials to be considered as a candidate to replace Page was last Friday.

Applicants for the Minnesota Supreme Court are evaluated by the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection, who will recommend potential candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for appointment.

MacDonald lost to incumbent Justice David Lillehaug by just 7 points - 53 percent to 46 percent. MacDonald received the highest vote percentage of any Republican statewide candidate for office on Election Day in 2014.

In response to a question about her chances of being appointed by Dayton, MacDonald said, "I was scrutinized by the voters last year and almost won, so I'm hopeful Governor Dayton will also examine my legal record."

During her campaign for the Minnesota Supreme Court, MacDonald was found not guilty of drunk driving, but was found guilty of refusing to submit to breath testing, speeding, and obstructing the legal process, stemming from a traffic stop in 2013.

Dayton will select a replacement for Page on the Minnesota Supreme Court before Page retires at the end of August.

Picture source: Michelle MacDonald for Minnesota Supreme Court