Three west central Minnesotans nominated for Eighth Judicial District judicial seat in Morris
The vacancy occurred upon the retirement of the Honorable Charles C. Glasrud.
Three west central Minnesotans — Jason Butts, Benjamin Pieh and Benjamin Wilcox — were recommended Wednesday to Gov. Tim Walz as judicial candidates for a vacancy in the Eighth Judicial District.
The Commission on Judicial Selection recommended the three to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of the Honorable Charles C. Glasrud. The seat will be chambered in Morris in Stevens County.
The Eighth Judicial District includes the counties of Big Stone, Chippewa, Grant, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Renville, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Yellow Medicine and Wilkin.
Butts is the Breckenridge city attorney, where he has served since December 2021. He previously worked in private practice at Smith & Strege, Ltd., where he practiced criminal defense, general litigation and real estate. He also worked as a contracted public defender for the City of Wahpeton, N.D., and he has previously served on the Richland County Treatment Court in North Dakota.
Butts serves on the board of the State Bar Association of North Dakota’s Lawyer Assistance Program, and he previously served on the association’s Board of Governors and Title Standards Committee. Butts is a former councilman for the City of Breckenridge.
Pieh is an assistant public defender for the State of Minnesota, serving indigent clients across the Eighth Judicial District. He previously served as a law clerk for Judges Paul Nelson, Dwayne Knutsen, and Thomas Van Hon in the Eighth Judicial District.
Pieh chairs the 12th District Ethics Committee and serves as a board member for the Prairie Arts Chorale.
Benjamin Wilcox is a partner at Wilcox Law Office, P.A. in Benson. He serves as the city attorney for Benson and Kerkhoven and as an assistant city attorney in Clontarf, Danvers, DeGraff, Holloway, and Murdock.
Wilcox represents clients in a wide variety of civil matters, including real estate, estate planning, probate, civil litigation, small business organization and landlord-tenant matters. He serves as a board member for the Robert Sonsteng Foundation and the Southwest Initiative Foundation.