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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends 1st Judicial District candidates to Gov. Walz


December 5, 2023

Contact: Claire Lancaster



Commission on Judicial Selection Recommends First Judicial District Candidates to Governor Walz


[ST. PAUL, MN] – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that it is recommending three candidates for consideration to fill a vacancy in Minnesota’s First Judicial District. The vacancy will occur upon the resignation of the Honorable Arlene M. Ascencio Perkkio. This seat will be chambered in Hastings in Dakota County. 

Christopher Bates: Christopher Bates is an assistant county attorney in the Civil Division of the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office. He previously served as an assistant city attorney for the City of Minneapolis, where he handled criminal cases with a focus on domestic violence, and an assistant county attorney for the McLeod County Attorney’s Office. Bates’s community involvement includes serving on the board of Mental Health Resources. He also volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities and as a mock trial judge with the Minnesota State Bar Association. 

Krista Marks: Krista Marks is an assistant public defender in the Fourth Judicial District Public Defender’s Office in Hennepin County. She was previously a staff attorney and expungement program director at the Neighborhood Justice Center, where her work centered around community advocacy. Marks’s community involvement includes volunteering at her son’s school and Neighbors, Inc., which is a local nonprofit that provides food, clothing, and other services to those in need in her community.

Luis Rangel Morales: Luis Rangel Morales is a staff attorney and director of community engagement for the Neighborhood Justice Center, where he represents low-income community members facing criminal charges in Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington counties. He has also served as defense counsel for the Ramsey County Veterans Treatment Court and Ramsey County DUI Court. Rangel Morales’s community involvement includes serving as chair of the St. Paul Planning Commission and vice-chair of St. Paul’s Board of Zoning Appeals. He has also volunteered with organizations helping at-risk youth. 

For more information about the judicial selection process, please visit the Governor’s Judicial Appointments webpage.  



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