POLSON – James Manley and Mark Russell were both finalists last year when the Montana Judicial Nomination Commission went looking for a judge to replace the retiring C.B. McNeil in the state’s 20th Judicial District.

They’ll be finalists for the same position come November, too.

Manley, a Polson attorney who won the appointment from Gov. Steve Bullock and was sworn in on Nov. 1, filed for a full six-year term.

Russell, a deputy prosecutor in the Lake County Attorney’s Office, also filed.

The two were both interviewed by Bullock last fall, along with Polson attorney John Schulte.

Three other attorneys also applied for the opening, but their names were not forwarded to the governor by the nomination commission.

The 20th Judicial District covers Lake and Sanders counties.

Reporter Vince Devlin can be reached at 1-800-366-7186 or by email at vdevlin@missoulian.com.

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