Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson is one of four candidates under consideration for state appeals court judge.
The Commission on Judicial Selection announced the candidates Wednesday in a news release from Gov. Mark Dayton’s office. Dayton needs to fill two at-large vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. One vacancy is the result of Natalie Hudson’s appointment to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The other is the result of the scheduled retirement of John Smith in February.
Jesson has been in charge of the largest state government department since 2011. She sent an email to DHS employees notifying them of her candidacy.
“As a long-time attorney and daughter of a judge, I have always been interested in serving in the judiciary,” Jesson wrote. “After five productive, fulfilling and eventful years as DHS commissioner, the time seems right to pursue this opportunity.”
The other candidates are Fourth District Court Judge Diane Bratvold, Second District Court Judge Jeffrey Bryan and University of Minnesota Deputy General Counsel Tracy Smith.
An announcement of the appointments will be made following candidate interviews in the coming weeks, according to the news release.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is planning a campaign stop in Minnesota next month.
Clinton’s campaign announced Wednesday that she will appear at an event in Minneapolis on Dec. 15, to “continue building her grassroots network in Minnesota” ahead of the state’s March 1 precinct caucuses. The time and location were not announced.
The campaign advisory said that the former secretary of state will discuss “issues that keep Minnesotans up at night” at the event and how she would address those issues as president.
Clinton has the support of many key Minnesota Democrats, including Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken.
Her last appearance here was in August during the Democratic National Committee summer meeting. Clinton’s Democratic rivals, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders, also appeared at the meeting.
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is also coming to Minnesota. He has a private fundraiser scheduled Dec. 2 in Minneapolis.
The last Republican presidential candidate to visit Minnesota was Rand Paul. The Kentucky senator made stops in Duluth, Minneapolis and Rochester on Nov. 9.
Good Wednesday morning. Lots of news for the day before Thanksgiving, so here we go.
1. Three people are in police custody after five people were shot near ongoing Black Lives Matter protests Monday night. Another man was arrested and then released. Meanwhile, demonstrators held a huge march from north Minneapolis to downtown yesterday. (MPR News)
2. In Chicago, hundreds of people marched last night after authorities released the video of a police officer killing a black teenager. The officer has been charged with murder. (NPR)
3. University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler got praise and criticism after firing Norwood Teague, based on a look at his email. (Star Tribune)
4. A Republican staffer in Minnesota lost a job after an insulting racial tweet. (AP via Pioneer Press)
5. Four Republican presidential candidates will get equal time on NBC this weekend because Donald Trump got to host Saturday Night Live. (NPR)
My plan for now is to take tomorrow and Friday off from the Digest. If there’s more big news that could change. If not, have a good Thanksgiving, and I’ll see you here Monday.
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