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Search for Sandefur's successor will soon begin

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The search for Cascade County District Judge Dirk Sandefur's successor will soon begin.      

Sandefur was elected to the Montana Supreme Court in last week's election.

Once results are certified, Sandefur will first have to send a letter to the state Judicial Nominating Commission, notifying them he will be leaving his seat in Cascade County.

The commission then has 10 days to notify the public and start soliciting applications.

The application period lasts 30 days and is followed by a public comment period for another 30 days. 

The Commission will then conduct interviews and select finalists.

The list of names will then be sent to the governor, who will have 30 days to name a replacement to fill the remainder of Sandefur's term.

(NOVEMBER 9, 2016) Dirk Sandefur has defeated Kristen Juras for a seat on the Montana Supreme Court.

Sandefur took a quick and commanding lead in Tuesday's voting, and that margin held up.  

While Juras won the three-candidate June primary, Sandefur took 56% of the vote on Tuesday.

The Justice-elect was in Great Falls on Wednesday afternoon taking down election signs.

He's says he's relieved the campaign is over and he is grateful to Montanans for supporting him.

Sandefur says he'll bring the same principles to the high court that he's exhibited on the bench in Cascade County.

"I just expect to bring the same thing I h ave been doing on the District Court bench, which is to be fair and impartial. To be prepared and to be competent. Make sure that all Montanans receive a fair and even playing field when they come to the court," Sandefur said.

Sandefur will replace Justice Patricia Cotter, who is stepping down after serving two eight-year terms.

He says he will miss serving the people of Cascade County.

Sandefur, from Great Falls, became a police officer for Havre in the late 80s, and that, he says, is what sparked his interest in the court system.

After serving three years as a police officer, Sandefur attended law school and then returned to Great Falls to become a Deputy County Attorney and later served eight years as County Attorney. 

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