Montana Supreme Court Justice Laurie McKinnon won’t run for re-election

HELENA — Montana Supreme Court Justice Laurie McKinnon said Monday she won’t run for re-election next year, setting up a battle for an open seat that could affect the political balance on the seven-member court.

McKinnon, 59, a former state district judge in Montana’s Ninth District in north-central Montana, won election to the high court in 2012, defeating attorney Edmund Sheehy Jr. in a hotly contested campaign.

McKinnon told MTN News that her husband, a dentist who formerly worked for the Indian Health Service in Browning, recently took a new job in a health clinic near Winston-Salem, North Carolina.