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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 11:00 pm

After sailing through the primary election, an 18-year municipal judge and a Kalispell attorney are facing off for the Department 3 district judge position being vacated by Flathead District Judge Stewart Stadler.

Heidi Ulbricht and Vanessa Ceravolo were able to coast through because district judge seats are nonpartisan positions, so the top two vote-getters in the primary automatically advance. Their names were still on the June primary ballot, however, with Ulbricht capturing 67 percent of the vote to Ceravolo’s 33 percent.

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          4 comments:

          • Roark posted at 4:03 pm on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

            Roark Posts: 246

            The most important question to ask these judicial candidates is; what do you think the proper role of government is?

            Everyone has an opinion on the matter, and that opinion will effect how a judge behaves and adjudicates the law.

             
          • EmmieDay posted at 11:29 am on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

            EmmieDay Posts: 1

            The "cases" handled in city court are NOT the same as the cases handled in District Court where 86% of the workload is civil and family law cases. We need a judge who is ready to handle these cases, as she'll have 1200 real cases her first day on the job. Presiding over city issues for 18 years with no other legal experience does not make one the best candidate for this position. Ceravolo has more information on her website, http://www.ceravolofordistrictcourt.com. Vote CERAVOLO.

             
          • Brick posted at 10:22 am on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

            Brick Posts: 17

            Ulbricht - "Ulbricht said she handled roughly 7,000 cases in municipal court during 2011, compared to 5,000 filed in Flathead District Court."

            There she goes again touting her 7,000 cases, most of which consist of traffic violations. Sorry...but traffic violations don't count as "cases".

            Ask Heidi Ulbricht how she feels about a city judge who gets "extra" income for performing proxy weddings on city property.

            We need a judge who has ACTUAL experience, education and training in conflict resolutiion. That person is CERAVOLO. Vote CERAVOLO for Judge.


             
          • lone walker posted at 9:45 am on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

            lone walker Posts: 88

            Ceravolo - “Although there is a growing effort between the Northwest Montana Bar Association and the Flathead County District Court to provide assistance for self-represented parties dealing with family matters, it is not enough and a solution is critical to the day-to-day function of our court.”

            In other words, if you file for divorce, have a dispute with your neighbor, can’t agree on a contract, the government should provide a lawyer for you. Why should the government provide free legal assistance if you appear in court?

            I suspect if the public didn’t expect free legal services from the government, a lot fewer cases would be clogging up the courts.

             

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