The Commission on Judicial Selection announced yesterday it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District.
Matthew Engelking is a senior attorney in the Stearns County Attorney’s Office. Tara Ferguson-Lopez, is currently a Senior Assistant Hennepin County Attorney in the Child Protection Division, where she represents the Health and Human Services Department. Karl Schmidt is currently a senior assistant attorney in Benton County.
Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District consists of Becker, Benton, Clay, Douglas, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd, and Wadena Counties. The vacancy occurred upon the retirement of the Honorable Frederick L. Grunke.
The recommendations have been sent to the desk of Governor Tim Walz.