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Narum retains District 5 judgeship

A North Dakota district judge chambered in LaMoure County retained his seat against a local challenger, according to unofficial results from Stutsman County Auditor's office on Tuesday.

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Southeast Judicial District 5 Judge Daniel Narum in LaMoure County.

A North Dakota district judge chambered in LaMoure County retained his seat against a local challenger, according to unofficial results from Stutsman County Auditor's office on Tuesday.

Southeast Judicial District 5 Judge Daniel Narum, of Ellendale, held off a challenge from LaMoure attorney Kimberly Joy Radermacher by a vote of 3,730 to 3,571. Narum was first appointed to the bench in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and again in 2010 to his first full term.

Fargo attorney Mark Blumer defeated Sargent County State’s Attorney Lyle Bopp by a vote of 4,915 to 1,951 to win the District 2 judgeship. Blumer, who also worked as a state’s attorney and public defender in Dickey, LaMoure and Barnes counties, replaced Judge Jerod Elton Tufte, who ran for a North Dakota Supreme Court seat.

Jamestown attorney Troy LeFevre won the District 7 Judgeship to fill the seat of retiring judge Thomas E. Merrick. LeFevre ran uncontested and received 6,953 votes.

Two judges who were re-elected without opponents include James Hovey in New Rockford District 4 with 6,771 votes, and Jay Schmitz in Valley City District 6 with 6,917 votes.

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District court judges are elected to six-year terms and preside over criminal felony and misdemeanor cases, civil cases and juvenile courts.

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