Bunke among candidates for district judge seat


  Prairie County Attorney Garry Bunke is among the list of candidates under consideration for the district judge position for the 16th Judicial District Court.

The district covers seven counties including: Carter, Custer, Fallon, Garfield, Powder River, Rosebud and Treasure.
The position was held by District Judge Gary Day, who died suddenly on Feb. 12 from a massive heart attack. He had moved to Miles City in 1981 and had served as a district judge since 1997.
The commission is taking public comment through April 29. Names of three to five nominees will be forwarded to the governor’s office for appointment. The appointee will serve until January 2015. The post will be on the ballot in 2014 and that successful candidate will serve the remainder of Day's term, which expires in January 2019.
Those who applied by Thursday's deadline for the district judge position were: Albert "Rich" Batterman, Garry Bunke, Wyatt Glade, Michael Hayworth, Sheila Newman, Edmund F. Sheehy Jr., and James Park Taylor.
Judicial Nomination Commission members are District Judge Richard Simonton of Glendive; Shirley Ball of Nashua; Mona Charles of Kalispell; Patrick Kelly of Miles City; Lane Larson of Billings; Ryan Rusche of Columbia Falls; and Paul Tuss of Havre.
Public comment may be submitted to any commissioner or to: Judicial Nomination Commission, c/o Lois Menzies Office of Court Administrator, P.O. Box 203005, Helena, MT  59620-3005 or by emailing lmenzies@mt.gov.

Published April 3, 2013

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