District Court Judge Ingrid Gustafson of Billings is among the finalists for the open seat on the Montana Supreme Court.  KTVQ reports the other four include James Gebhard Hunt, Micheal F. Lamb, William Russell McElyea and Martha Sheehy, and they will be interviewed in Helena on Nov. 16. The interviews will be open, however no public comment will be taken.

The commission will forward the names of three to five nominees to the governor for appointment. The position is subject to election in 2018. The successful candidate will serve until Jan. 2023. The vacancy was created in June when Justice Mike Wheat announced his retirement.

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