Cass County District Attorney and West Fargo attorney advance to general election for East Central District Judge – InForum

FARGO — A Cass County prosecutor and a West Fargo attorney will face off in a November race to become a local judge, according to unofficial election results released Tuesday, June 14.

Cass County Assistant District Attorney Connie Cleveland led the group of four candidates seeking to become a judge for the Central East District. She obtained 41% of the votes in the primary elections.

“I’m so grateful for the turnout and for the people who voted for me,” Cleveland said. “I’m excited to move on to the next phase.”

She and West Fargo attorney David Chapman will move on in the Nov. 8 general election. Chapman got 24% of the vote.

“I’m really surprised and honored to move on,” Chapman said.

They beat Harwood attorney and mayor Blake Hankey, who got 18% of the vote. Fargo attorney Jay Greenwood came last with 17%.

The winner of the general election will replace Justice Steven Marquart, who has announced he will not run again this year.

Cleveland has served as a prosecutor since 1989, when she joined the Burleigh County State’s Attorney’s Office. She came to the Cass County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1991 and has worked in various areas of law. She specializes in child protection law.

Chapman has 25 years of experience as a lawyer. He has practiced in a wide range of areas including criminal, family, commercial, constitutional and civil law.

The East-Central District has nine seats. Center East judges Tristan Van de Streek and Steven McCullough ran unopposed in their own races. They too will go to the general elections.

Successful candidates in November will serve a six-year term.

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