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New judge Gail Chang Bohr won’t have to worry about re-election bid

Gail Chang Bohr, who campaigned hard to win an open districtcourt judgeship in Ramsey County, won’t have to worry about re-election.She’ll turn 65 in March, and thus will reach the state’s mandatory retirement age for judges of 70 with a little more

Gail Chang Bohr, who campaigned hard to win an open districtcourt judgeship in Ramsey County, won’t have to worry about re-election.

She’ll turn 65 in March, and thus will reach the state’s mandatory retirement age for judges of 70 with a little more than eight months left in her six-year term. So whoever is governor in 2014 will get to make a special appointment to fill her seat.

Bohr was a social worker for 19 years before going to law school and is executive director of the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, which represents youth in foster care with a small staff and more than 250 volunteer lawyers trained by the center.

She had some high-powered endorsements — including former Vice President Walter Mondale and six retired state Supreme Court justices — in her race against former state legislator Howard Orenstein. The political veteran had the support of  Rep. Betty McCollum, Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner and Sheriff Bob Fletcher, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and four former St. Paul mayors. She won 51.87 percent to 47.49 percent.