The first candidates have filed for two new 13th Judicial District openings created by the 2017 Montana Legislature.
Thomas Pardy, a civil deputy city attorney with the Billings City Attorney’s Office, has filed to run as the district’s Department 7 judge.
Billings attorney Ashley Harada, a solo practitioner, has filed to run as the district’s Department 8 judge. According to her website, her practice focuses mainly on criminal defense, family law, and personal injury.
The two new Billings judge positions are among 36 judicial races on Montana ballots in November, according to the Court Administrator’s Office.
Deadline to file for judicial races with the Montana Secretary of State’s Office is Monday, March 12, at 5 p.m.