- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A third person has entered the race to replace retiring Montana Supreme Court Justice Patricia Cotter.

Great Falls attorney Eric Mills filed to run earlier this month, saying a family medical issue prevented him from filing earlier.

The 35-year-old Mills will be up against University of Montana law professor Kristen Juras and Cascade County District Judge Dirk Sandefur, who have been campaigning for months for the open seat.

Juras was one of Mills’ teachers at the university and Mills has practiced in Sandefur’s courtroom.

He tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1SjWiJD ) that he believes the state’s high court needs to take a closer look at family law cases.

The top two vote-getting candidates in the June 7 primary election will advance to November’s ballot.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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