|Current Court Information:|
|Minnesota Ninth Judicial District|
|Law School:||William Mitchell College of Law and University of North Dakota Law School|
|Candidate for:||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2012:|
|Primary date:||August 14, 2012|
|Election date:||November 6, 2012|
Tingelstad received his law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law and the University of North Dakota Law School.
He has been a magistrate in family court for the state's 9th Judicial District since 1999. Prior to that, he was an administrative law judge, worked in private practice and was an assistant Beltrami County attorney. For more information, see Tingelstad's resume.
Tingelstad is opposed to the Commission-selection, political appointment method of judicial selection. Of this method, he says:
|“||[It] would make the judicial branch accountable to the executive branch, which violates the principle of separation of powers.||”|
As part of an extensive interview with Minnesota Lawyer Tingelstad was asked the following question: "What role, if any, should politics play in judicial campaigns? (for example, party endorsements, discussions of political views, etc...)" His response again focused on the problems of so-called "merit selection".
|“||[It] would not remove politics from the judicial selection process, it would simply hide the politics from the people. The politics would be condensed into small, unelected and unaccountable committees. [It] would not eliminate special interest groups from impacting judicial selection, it would create two new powerful special interest groups — the selection committee and the retention committee. Giving control of our courts to 20 unelected, unaccountable people is foolish.||”|
Tingelstad ran for election to the Minnesota Supreme Court, Place 4 in 2012. He was defeated by incumbent David Stras in the general election, receiving 43.62% of the vote.  In the primary election, Judge Tingelstad received 29.4% of the vote. Tingelstad previously defeated Nelson in a primary for a seat on the Supreme Court in 2008.
- See also: Minnesota judicial elections, 2012
|“|| As a Minnesota Supreme Court Justice I will stand up for your constitutional right to meaningful judicial elections. I believe that justice is served when judges fear God and serve the people. And I will submit my will to the will of the people as expressed through the original intent of our Constitution.
- Tim Tingelstad
- See also: Minnesota judicial elections, 2010
Tingelstad was a 2008 candidate for Seat Three on the Minnesota Supreme Court. In the September 9th, 2008 primary he bested fellow supreme court challenger Alan Nelson for a chance to challenge sitting Justice Paul Anderson. In the general election, Paul Anderson garnered 1,260,705 votes (61%), defeating Tim Tingelstad, who had 818,812 (39%).
In 2004, Tingelstad ran against associate Minnesota Supreme Court justice Alan Page, garnering 28% of the vote. Tingelstad's campaign tried to focus on Justice Page's abortion views as a matter of differentiation.
- Tingelstad Campaign website
- "Tim Tingelstad for MN Supreme Court" on Facebook
- Minnesota Public Radio "Minnesotans to judge judge candidates", August 8, 2004
- Principal campaign committee registration statement
- Detroit Lake Online, "Judge candidates hoping to change judicial election system," October 6, 2010
- Minnesota Independent, "Embracing partisanship, judge candidates weigh in on abortion, God in courts," October 29, 2010
- ↑ Press Release "Ninth Judicial District Magistrate To Run For State Supreme Court Seat", July 9, 2008
- ↑ Tingelstad on judicial elections
- ↑ Minnesota Lawyer "Judicial Elections 2008:Tim Tingelstad"
- ↑ Minnesota Secretary of State, Unofficial General Election Results: Judicial
- ↑ Minnesota Secretary of State, "Candidates of Judicial Offices"
- ↑ Information submitted to Judgepedia via an email from Judge Tingelstad's campaign on 10/24/2012
- ↑ Minnesota judicial candidates, 2010
- ↑ Supreme Court 2008 results
- ↑ John Parsons article on Tingelstad-Page race