State Judge Race
State Judge Races Stir Interest Sy PAUL 1ML QWNN United Press International. HELENA (UPI) -- Three in- cumbent''district judges, all ap- pbinted'.by Gov. J. Hugo Aronson, face the acid test Nov. 4 wheri'vot- ers-In nine Montana counties go to the polls to make their choices wi four district judge posts. ' In r addition .to casting their ballots for state, ' congressional Â»nd local offices, voters in the llth, 9th, arid .3rd judicial districts will; choose the judges -and .the;races are expected to be tlo'se. . , . ' Â· Â· Â· . . The Third Judicial District -comprised of Granite, Powell and Deer Lodge counties -- will have Incumbent appointee Sid G. 'Stewart 'against another Anacondan Irving C. Pearson. In the primary both men were nominated' but Stewart had 36,075 .votes as compared to Pearson's 22,231. But the primary figures aren't really an indication. Pearson has registered about 500 voles in Deer Lodge County and- has been conducting a strenuous "door-to- door" campaign. The incumbent was appointed by Aronson to succeed District Judge W. R. Taylor. Stewart was graduated from Montana State University in 1030. The Ninth Judicial District -Pondera, Glacier, Toole and Te- lon counties -- has two Shelby men opposing each other for the judgeship in that district. From the 70 precincts in the Ninth during'the primary election,! incumbent Judge William Black polled 5,061 while Patrick Donovan received 2,951 votes. Both men Were nominated. Campaigning for this post has been very quiet. Both men have appeared at several public meetings but not much interest has been generated about its outcome. . Black \yas appointed by Aronson to fill the post held for 28 years by the late Judge R. M. Hattersley. Donovan was admitted to the Montana Bar in 193G. The race in the Eleventh. Judicial District" is probably the center of interest as far as the district judges, are concerned. There are four candidates running for the two open judgeships. All candidates have been campaigning exceedingly hard in the very important'race: The district is . comprised of 75 precincts in Tiathead and Lincoln counties. Â·The candidates are incumbent Eugene B. v Foot, Forrest C. Rockwood, Edward Â· Sthrqeter and Frank I. Haswell,' Whitefish. With the exception of Haswell all the U.S. Scrncf/orisn candidates are from Kalispell. Primary results gave Foot 5,855 votes, Rockwood 4.GCC, Schroeter 3,544 and Haswell 3,781. Foot held a sizeable lead throughout the vote tabulation both Flathead and Lincoln counties. At 66 years -of agÂ« he was appointed by Aronson in April, 1957. Rockwood was KatispcH city attorney twice, the latest time from 1951-1955. Haswell has practiced law in Whitefish since lie was graduated from the MSU law school while 49-year-old Schroeter is a former president of the Montana County Attorneys Association.