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Former JHS graduate seeks Southeast Judicial District seat

Attorney Nick Thornton will seek the seat currently held by Mark Blumer, judge of the Southeast Judicial District Judgeship No. 2.

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Nick Thornton
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A former Jamestown High School graduate will seek election to the Southeast Judicial District Judgeship No. 2 with initial placement on the June primary ballot.

Attorney Nick Thornton will seek the seat currently held by Mark Blumer, who is not seeking reelection.

The Southeast Judicial District includes Barnes, Dickey, Eddy, Foster, Griggs, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Stutsman and Wells counties. Judgeship No. 2 is responsible for 10% of the case assignments in Stutsman County, 100% of the case assignments in Sargent and Ransom counties and 25% of the master calendar days in Stutsman, Dickey, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan and McIntosh counties.

Thornton grew up in Jamestown, graduating from Jamestown High School in 1998. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Minnesota State University Moorhead, his law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law where he graduated with distinction and Order of the Coif honors, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Mary and has attended graduate school at the University of North Dakota in pursuit of a doctorate in criminal justice. Thornton is a graduate of the Trial Practice Institute at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia.

After law school, Thornton clerked for Justice Carol Ronning Kapsner at the North Dakota Supreme Court. He worked as a full-time public defender. Since 2013, he has been in private practice, where his practice areas include criminal defense, juvenile law, administrative law, family law, business law and general civil litigation. Thornton has represented more than 4,000 individuals across North Dakota charged with crimes ranging from driving under suspension to murder.

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Thornton is admitted to practice law in North Dakota and Minnesota. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the districts of North Dakota and Minnesota, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Thornton lives in Mapleton, North Dakota, with his wife and two children, where he serves as a member of the Mapleton City Council, defense bar representative of an Adult Drug Court, the chair of the Joint Committee on Attorney Standards and volunteer wrestling coach.

The primary election is June 14, and the general election will occur on Nov. 8.

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