Tim Tingelstad

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Tim Tingelstad
Court Information:
Minnesota Ninth Judicial District
Title:   Magistrate judge
Position:   Place 4
Personal History
Law School:   William Mitchell College of Law and University of North Dakota Law School
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  Minnesota
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  No
Primary date:  August 14, 2012
Primary vote:  29.4%ApprovedA
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Election vote:  43.62%DefeatedD

Tim Tingelstad is a magistrate judge for the Ninth Judicial District in Minnesota.


Tingelstad received his law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law and the University of North Dakota Law School.


He has been a magistrate in family court for the state's 9th Judicial District since 1999. Prior to that, he was an administrative law judge, worked in private practice and was an assistant Beltrami County attorney.[1] For more information, see Tingelstad's resume.

Judicial philosophy

Tingelstad is opposed to the Commission-selection, political appointment method of judicial selection. Of this method, he says:

[It] would make the judicial branch accountable to the executive branch, which violates the principle of separation of powers.[2][3]

As part of an extensive interview with Minnesota Lawyer Tingelstad was asked the following question: "What role, if any, should politics play in judicial campaigns? (for example, party endorsements, discussions of political views, etc...)" His response again focused on the problems of so-called "merit selection".

[It] would not remove politics from the judicial selection process, it would simply hide the politics from the people. The politics would be condensed into small, unelected and unaccountable committees. [It] would not eliminate special interest groups from impacting judicial selection, it would create two new powerful special interest groups — the selection committee and the retention committee. Giving control of our courts to 20 unelected, unaccountable people is foolish.[4][3]



Tingelstad ran for election to the Minnesota Supreme Court, Place 4 in 2012. He was defeated by incumbent David Stras in the general election, receiving 43.62% of the vote.[5] In the primary election, Judge Tingelstad received 29.4% of the vote.[6] Tingelstad previously defeated Nelson in a primary for a seat on the Supreme Court in 2008.

See also: Minnesota judicial elections, 2012
As a Minnesota Supreme Court Justice I will stand up for your constitutional right to meaningful judicial elections. I believe that justice is served when judges fear God and serve the people. And I will submit my will to the will of the people as expressed through the original intent of our Constitution.
- Tim Tingelstad[7][3]


Tingelstad was defeated by Alan Page in his third bid for the Minnesota Supreme Court.[8]

See also: Minnesota judicial elections, 2010
Candidate IncumbentElection %
Alan Page ApprovedA Yes63.2%
Tim Tingelstad No36.5%



Tingelstad was a 2008 candidate for Seat Three on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Candidate IncumbentPrimary %Election %
Paul Anderson ApprovedA Yes63.8%60.4%
Tim Tingelstad No21.8%39.2%
Alan Nelson No14.5%



In 2004, Tingelstad ran against associate Minnesota Supreme Court justice Alan Page, garnering 28% of the vote. Tingelstad's campaign tried to focus on Justice Page's abortion views as a matter of differentiation.[12]

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