Butte attorney Cindy Walker filed Tuesday for the Butte District Court seat being vacated by Judge Brad Newman, joining four others in what should be the county’s most high-profile race in 2018.
Walker, who now practices law at Poore, Roth & Robinson in Butte, is seeking the judgeship along with Butte attorneys Robert J. Whelan, Wayne Harper, Tim Dick and Brad Belke. More candidates are possible since the filing period runs through March 12.
Newman said in January he was not seeking a third, six-year term so he will leave the bench at the end of the year. Fellow Judge Kurt Krueger says he is seeking a fourth term but he had not filed as of Tuesday morning.
Walker grew up in Butte, graduating from Butte High School in 1986. She graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 1999, clerked for the Montana Supreme Court for a year and then practiced law in Missoula before returning to Butte in 2006.
She said she has wanted to serve Butte as a judge since she took Dan Sullivan’s Teens and the Law class in high school and watched a trial at the Butte-Silver Bow Courthouse.
“Litigants expend considerable time, money and emotion getting their cases through the court system,” she said. “District court judges are charged with resolving disputes and issuing timely decisions based on the individual circumstances of each case and applicable law, which will be a priority for me, if elected."
Since returning to Butte, she has practiced all aspects of civil litigation and labor and employment matters and has counseled businesses and government entities on various legal matters. She has also tried jury trials in state and federal courts in Montana.