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Jesson favored in only contested race for Minnesota appellate court

Vying for seat 2 in the Minnesota appellate court is incumbent Justice Lucinda Jesson, left, who has served on the appellate court since 2015, and challenger Anthony Brown, right. Forum News Service

ST. PAUL — Six Minnesota appellate court seats were up for re-election this year, but only one of those seats were contested in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election.

Vying for seat 2 was incumbent Justice Lucinda Jesson, who has served on the appellate court since 2015, and challenger Anthony Brown.

As of 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jesson led Brown by a 63 to 37 percentage vote.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals includes 19 judges divided into three panels, and travel to locations throughout the state to hear oral arguments, which are open to the public. An elected judge serves a six-year term, and makes an annual salary of $143,000.

Five other seats, all of which are uncontested, were also voted on.

Incumbent candidates Justice Renee Worke, Justice Diane Bratvold, Justice Tracy Smith, Justice Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks and Justice James Florey will all resume their current roles on the appellate court through 2024.

All appellate judges are required to be “learned in the law” and under 70 years old.

Ross Torgerson

Digital Reporter for Forum Communications. Native of Moorhead, Minn. Have a question or story idea? Email me at rtorgerson@forumcomm.com. Follow me on Twitter @RossTorgerson