The former head of the St. Paul branch of the NAACP is making a run to become a Ramsey County judge.
Jeffry Martin, who will face three other candidates in the Aug. 14 primary, is seeking to become judge of Court 11 in the 2nd District of Minnesota (Ramsey County). If elected, Martin would be one of just a handful of African-American judges in the county. Of the current bench in Ramsey County four of 32 judges are African-American.
Martin enters the race impressively qualified to serve as a judge.
The current deputy director of Human Rights and Economic Opportunity for St. Paul, Martin has served as both a prosecutor and public defender and has practiced in the areas of employment, criminal defense, bankruptcy and family law. The attorney received his juris doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in 2003. He has also worked in criminal justice as a juvenile rehabilitation officer, and adult probation and parole officer.
An ordained minister, Martin serves as an associate minister at Progressive Baptist Church in St. Paul, where he has been a member since 1992.
Also on the ballot are Gregory Egan, IV, Scott Flaherty and Adam Yang. Although the primary in Minnesota is Aug. 14, voters have already begun casting ballots in open absentee and early voting, which will run up until the day of the election.