In Minnesota, most judges are chosen for you by the Governor in St. Paul.
Most of St. Paul's appointed judges run for re-election unopposed.
This November, Northern Minnesotans have an opportunity to be heard.
Vote James Hughes for Judge of District Court.
Vote James Hughes for 9th District Judge this November.
James believes that the best judges strive to promote the actual law, without carrying forth a personal or social agenda. James opposes judicial activism and believes firmly in judicial restraint. James believes that the Constitutional Separation of Powers must be taken seriously, and that judges must not usurp the authority of the legislature to make law, nor of the executive branch to enforce it.
James believes that the best judges follow the law as it is written in the United States and Minnesota Constitutions, this nation's Treaties, and our federal and State statutes. James is committed to honoring the law, and recognizes that Constitutions, statutes and Treaties, are the supreme law of the land.
James believes that the best judges are humble, and that there is no room for judges to be condescending or demeaning to those in and out of the courtroom. James believes that racial discrimination has no place in a just society. James will be a judge who returns to the concept that anything less than professionalism and civility (in and out of the courtroom) will not be tolerated.
James Hughes is the judicial candidate who has the common-sense legal mind, and the personal qualities that Minnesota's best judges possess. James Hughes is the right choice for Judge in Northern Minnesota's 9th Judicial District.
James is the managing attorney at a Northern Minnesota law firm that provides free legal representation to those in financial need. In the course of his career, James has handled thousands of cases and appeared in the courtrooms of dozens of judges across Northern Minnesota. He has seen some of Minnesota's best jurists on the bench, and has seen other courtrooms sorely in need of a change in leadership.
As an attorney working across the Ninth District, James has stood with those whose experience with the legal system has felt anything but just. He has devoted his law practice to promoting justice and better outcomes for Minnesota's indigenous people in the courts.
James began his legal career by earning his law degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There, James focused his studies on litigation and mediation, represented clients in the civil & family law clinics, and was a member of the Christian Legal Society and the local Inns of Court. His fondest law school memory was shaking U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's hand at commencement.
James moved to Pine River in Cass County and became a full-time Minnesotan in 2011, and then took a job as an attorney at a Northern Minnesota law firm in 2012. He was promoted to executive director shortly thereafter, and has held that position since 2013.
James is the son of a Lutheran minister, and his father-in-law also leads a congregation in Bemidji. As a child, James spent summers catching fish and playing in the sand at his grandparents' home on Prior Lake. He now visits his mother and his grandparents at their homes in Cass County as often as he can, but not as often as they'd like. James lives with his wife in Bemidji.
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