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Buying Time 2012: Montana

In Montana, two Supreme Court seats were on the ballot for 2012. Judge Laurie McKinnon of the 9th District Court of Montana, attorney Elizabeth Best, and attorney Ed Sheehy competed in the state’s June 5th primary election for the seat of Justice James Nelson, who is not seeking re-election.

Published: May 4, 2012

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In Montana, two Supreme Court seats were on the ballot for 2012. Judge Laurie McKin­non of the 9th District Court of Montana, attor­ney Eliza­beth Best, and attor­ney Ed Sheehy competed in the state’s June 5th primary elec­tion for the seat of Justice James Nelson, who is not seek­ing re-elec­tion. McKin­non and Sheehy received the most votes in the primary and advanced to the general elec­tion, where McKin­non won the seat on the bench.  Justice Brian Morris also ran unop­posed for re-elec­tion to his seat on the high court. 

During the campaign, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down a Montana law prohib­it­ing polit­ical parties from endors­ing judi­cial candid­ates. However, both McKin­non and Sheehy declined party endorse­ments because doing so was barred by the state judi­cial code of conduct. Sheehy refused any endorse­ments at all, but McKin­non accep­ted endorse­ments from several conser­vat­ive groups. 

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Dan Boyce, Three Candid­ates Seek to Stand out in Primary Race for MT Supreme Court Justice #5, Montana Public Radio News, May 11, 2012.