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Editorial: Re-elect Judge Smith

Voters in the 8th Judicial District face the choice of Judge Kathryn Smith, a 13-year veteran with a strong background, or challenger Glen Jacobsen, a Renville County assistant attorney.

We see Smith's record and experience as critical factors in these challenging times in the Minnesota judicial system due to state budget reductions.

Smith is the right choice for this judicial seat.

Jacobsen has a good career record, working as a childcare worker, then as a contract prosecutor in the Twin Cities and then as chief deputy attorney in Mower County. He joined the Renville County Attorney's office in 2002.

Smith has a stronger and deeper career record. She has served 13 years on the bench, appointed by Gov. Arne Carlson first in 1997 and then re-elected twice. She has also worked as a private attorney working in civil litigation and family law as well as a college instructor, medical technologist and as a hospital lab manager.

She has an outstanding academic record as well as a long civic involvement record.

Smith has a background and understanding of the current judicial system and its recent budget reductions. She has been a wise and fair judge in the courtroom.

She has played a role in helping improve the district court's management, including combining some functions with the 7th Judicial District and in the district serving as a pilot site for innovative court projects.

The West Central Tribune endorses Smith for re-election Nov. 2 as an 8th District Judge