ST. PAUL, MN – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today it is recommending three candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the vacancy in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District. This vacancy was created upon the retirement of the Honorable James W. Hoolihan. This seat will be chambered at Foley in Benton County within the Seventh Judicial District.
Todd Kosovich: Mr. Kosovich is an Assistant Morrison County Attorney, prosecuting all felony cases from their First Appearance through Trial, Sentencing and Probation violations. Kosovich previously served as an Assistant Watonwan County Attorney where he was responsible for all adult criminal cases at petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor level offenses. He is an active member of the Minnesota Talking Book Network and is a member of the Hands of Hope Resource Center Board of Directors.
Robert Raupp: Mr. Raupp is the Benton County Attorney, where he represents the state in felony prosecutions and provides legal advice to the County Board of Commissioners. He previously worked in the Benton County Attorney’s Office as the First Assistant County Attorney and Assistant County Attorney and, prior to that, was the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Minneapolis. Mr. Raupp is an active member of the Sauk Rapids Lions Club and the Adopt-a-River Program.
Shan Wang: Mr. Wang is the Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division in the Stearns County Attorney’s Office, where he supervises the adult criminal prosecution division. He previously was an Assistant Stearns County Attorney and, prior to that, worked as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Regina M. Chu. Mr. Wang is the President of the Stearns-Benton Bar Association, the Vice-President of the John E. Simonett American Inn of Court, a trustee of the St. Cloud Public Library Board of Trustees, and a member of the Community Corrections Advisory Board.
Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District consists of Becker, Benton, Clay, Douglas, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Stearns, Todd, and Wadena Counties.
An announcement of the appointment will be made following an interview process over the next few weeks.