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Lewis and Clark County District Judge Michael McMahon said he will not run for the Montana Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, McMahon said he decided not to file for an open Montana Supreme Court seat currently occupied by Judge Laurie McKinnon. McKinnon said she would not run for reelection in 2020.

"I enjoy my position here," McMahon said.

McMahon said he had been mulling a run, but decided against it.

"I can do a better job for the public in my current position," McMahon said.

McMahon was elected to his District Court judgeship in 2016, defeating DeAnn Cooney, who was the sitting judge at the time. Montana judges are elected for six-year terms in nonpartisan elections. His current term ends in 2022.

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Only one person is running for the open Supreme Court seat so far. Michael Black, of Helena, filed earlier this summer for the position.

Black currently has $5,000 in campaign funds at his disposal.

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