- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - District Judge Dirk Sandefur of Great Falls has announced plans to run for the Montana Supreme Court in 2016.

Sandefur filed a statement of candidacy last week with the state commissioner of political practices. He says he plans to seek the seat being vacated by Justice Patricia Cotter at the end of her second team.

Sandefur says due to the increasing politicization of Montana Supreme Court races, it is important for voters to have the choice of a native Montanan with a proven record of public service and in Montana’s courts.

The 53-year-old Great Falls native graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 1993. He has worked both as a prosecuting and defense attorney and was a police officer in Havre for three years and is serving his third term as District Court judge.

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