Montana judicial elections, 2010
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The Montana judicial elections of 2010 consisted of a Primary Election on June 8, 2010 and a General Election on November 2, 2010. Judges run as non-partisan in both state and county elections in Montana.
- See also: Montana Supreme Court elections
- Michael E. Wheat was appointed to the Montana Supreme Court in 2010 to fill the vacancy created by John Warner's retirement. Warner's term was set to expire in 2014. Wheat won the November 2, 2010 general election and he retained Warner's seat for the remainder of the term. 
- In Montana's judicial elections, if there are fewer than twice the number of candidates to seats up for election, all candidates advance to the general election.
- When an incumbent Montana Supreme Court justice or District Court judge is unopposed in a general election, the incumbent's name is placed on the ballot, and it becomes a retention election for that judge; that is, voters can cast a vote to remove the judge from the bench. If an unopposed judge were to lose a retention election, the vacant seat would be filled by appointment, according to the method proscribed for any other vacancy.
|Seat 2||Michael E. Wheat||Supreme Court||Michael Wheat was retained with 78% of the vote.|
|Seat 4||Beth Baker & Nels Swandal||William Leaphart is leaving office.||Beth Baker was elected with 52.5% of the vote.|
|Office||Incumbent||Primary Candidate(s)||Primary Results/General Election Candidate(s)||General Results|
|First District, Department 4||VACANT (new seat)||Carlo J. Canty, Dennis Loveless, Karen Powell, James P. Reynolds and Paul Stahl ||James P. Reynolds (26%); Dennis Loveless (22%)||Reynolds won with 51.48%|
|Fourth District, Department 4||Douglas G. Harkin (not running)||Brenda Desmond and Karen S. Townsend||Brenda Desmond and Karen S. Townsend advance automatically||Townsend won with 71.27%|
|Eleventh District, Department 4||VACANT (new seat)||Rich De Jana, David M. Ortley, Phyllis Quatman and Heidi J. Ulbricht||David M. Ortley (46%); Heidi J. Ulbricht (28%)||Ortley won with 55.19%|
|Thirteenth District, Department 6||VACANT (new seat)||Matt Erekson, Damon L. Gannett, Lynn Grant, Corbin Howard, Robert L. Kelleher Jr., Mary Jane McCalla Knisely, Ann McKittrick, Bill O'Connor and Robert L. Stephens Jr.||Damon L. Gannett; Mary Jane McCalla Knisely||Knisely won with 54.68%|
|Nineteenth District, Department 1||Michael C. Prezeau (not running)||James D. Reintsma, Robert Slomski and Jim Wheelis ||Jim Wheelis (48%); Robert Slomski (39%).||Wheelis won with 60.81%|
|Twenty-first District, Department 1||Jeffrey H. Langton||Langton was unchallenged||Jeffrey H. Langton, unchallenged, was on the ballot for retention||Langton was retained with 62.70%|
The Justice of the Peace courts fall under the category Montana Courts of Limited Jurisdiction.
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County
- Larry Pahut, John E. Kelly, William Johnson, Michael Gardner, Daniel J. Blume and James S. Rosien competed in the primary.
- Glen Neier and Daniel R. Wilson competed against one another for the Department 1 Justice Court seat. Wilson won with 63.71% of the vote.
- Travis W. Bruyer, Eric S. Hummel, and Paul D. Sullivan challenged incumbent Mark R. Sullivan for Department 2.
- Bryan Adams, Michael A. Horton and Gordon L. Smith Competed for the Department 2 Justice Court seat.
Lewis and Clark County
- Sandy Oitzinger, Brent Colbert and Mike Swingley competed for retiring Wallace Jewell's Justice Court Seat.
- For Department 1, Jay C. Sheffield was re-elected after running unopposed.
- Incumbent Stormy Langston was challenged by Steve R. Romano and Gary Crandall for Department 2.
- For Department 1, John E. Odlin defeated Lawrence C. Reichelt in the general election.
- Incumbent Karen A. Orzech won the majority of the vote defeating Beverly J. Smith in the race for Department 2.
Powder River County
- Joanne Nelson, Angela Bauman, Tiffany A. Calhoun and David C. Williamson ran in the primary election.
- For Justice of the Peace, Department 1, Robin Clute and Nancy L. Sabo competed. Clute defeated Sabo.
- For Department 2, Jim Bailey was re-elected after running unopposed.
Silver Bow County
- In the race for Department 1 Lorena M. Brady was defeated by incumbent Debra Williams.
- Incumbent Bob E. Lee defeated Ben J. Thielen and Don W. Davis in the race for for Department 2.
- For Department 1, Larry D. Herman was re-elected.
- Pedro R. Hernandez was elected to another term on the 13th District Courts of Limited Jurisdiction. He defeated Jerome R. Kautzman in the general election. 
- Judicial elections, 2010
- Judicial selection in Montana
- Campaign finance requirements for Montana judicial elections
- 2010 Elections Calendar
- Candidate Information
- Judicial Selection in the States: Montana
- US Elections: Montana
- Billings Gazette "9 candidates run to join district judges", May 2, 2010
- ↑ Billings Gazette "Lawyer, ex-legislator sworn in as justice", January 5, 2010
- ↑ Bozeman Daily Chronicle, "Three candidates for Montana Supreme Court advance", June 8, 2010
- ↑ ballotpedia:Article VII, Montana Constitution#Section 8, Part 3
- ↑ MT SOS Unofficial Results, Nov. 2010
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Billings Gazette "2010 state races", January 9, 2010
- ↑ KXLH "Helena District Court Judge candidate biographies", May 21, 2010
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Independent Record, "Montana - County Vote Results"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Montana Secretary of State, Unofficial District Court Judge Results, Nov. 2, 2010
- ↑ Billings Gazette, "Knisely, Gannett take 9-way judicial contest", June 8, 2010
- ↑ The Western News "Candidate Q&A: James D. Reintsma, District 19 Judge", May 20, 2010
- ↑ Montana 2010 Judicial Primary Election Results
- ↑ Montana Secretary of State, Candidate Filling
- ↑ Independent Record "Five hopefuls file to run for new judgeship", March 8, 2010
- ↑ Billings Gazette "2 running for new judgeship", January 21, 2010
- ↑ Billings Gazette "Seven candidates now in running for judgeship", February 23, 2010
- ↑ Yellowstone County News "Eight File for District Court Post", March 4, 2010
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 The Laurel Outlook "Monday filing deadline sparks additional candidates", March 17, 2010
- ↑ The Laurel Outlook "Attorney Corbin Howard joins 13th Judicial District Judge contest", March 24, 2010
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 mtstandard.com, "Pahut, Kelly move on in Anaconda JP race", June 10, 2010
- ↑ Great Falls Tribune, "Primary ballots going out this week", May 10, 2010
- ↑ Fallon County, Primary Election Candidates
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Flathead County General election results Nov. 2, 2010
- ↑ Flathead County Sample Ballots, 2010 Primary Election
- ↑ Flathead County, Primary Election Results
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 Bozeman Daily Chronicle, "Gallatin County sheriff's, treasurer and justice of the peace races decided with about 300 ballots left to count", June 9, 2010
- ↑ 26.0 26.1 Belgrade-News, With all ballots counted, local election officials reported the following election results as of 7:50 a.m. Wednesday November 5, 2010
- ↑ Jefferson County, Election Results
- ↑ Lake County, Primary Election County Filing List
- ↑ Queen City News, "Oitzinger files for justice of the peace", March 17, 2010
- ↑ Unofficial results in contested races in North-central Montana November 3, 2010
- ↑ Lewis and Clark County, Unofficial Primary Election Results
- ↑ Lincoln County Unofficial General Election Results: Nov 2, 2010
- ↑ The Western News, "Candidate Profile: Steve R. Romano, Justice of the Peace, Dept. 2", May 20, 2010
- ↑ The Western News "Primary election picture complete", March 16, 2010
- ↑ Lincoln County, Unofficial Primary Election Results
- ↑ 36.0 36.1 Unofficial western Montana election results
- ↑ Powder River County, Candidate Filings
- ↑ Area results at a glance, November 3, 2010
- ↑ November 2, 2010 General Election Official Results
- ↑ Ravalli County, Sample Primary Election Ballot
- ↑ Richland County's official General Election Results November 2, 2010
- ↑ Preliminary election results November 3, 2010
- ↑ 43.0 43.1 43.2 ELECTION DAY RESULTS on kbzk.com, Nov 3, 2010
- ↑ mtstandard.com, "Unofficial: Final Butte-Silver Bow election results", June 9, 2010
- ↑ June 8 Primary Election Info, County Candidates
- ↑ Yellowstone County General Election November 2, 2010