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Is the judge eligible to run for re-election or was he appointed improperly?

AP reports: Minnesota's highest court is being asked to determine if Court of Appeals Judge David Minge is eligible to seek re-election because of a complicated residency dispute.

A Republican activist sued Wednesday to keep Minge's name off the fall ballot. Bonn Clayton, of Chanhassen, said Minge should be excluded because he doesn't live in the region for which the seat is reserved.

The issue is whether Minge, a former congressman from the old 2nd Congressional District in southwestern Minnesota, can run for re-election as a judge from a new 2nd District in the Twin Cities' southern suburbs. It could hinge on the timing of Minge's appointment by former Gov. Jesse Ventura more than two years ago. ...

Six days before the redistricting plan was issued, Ventura held a news conference to appoint Minge to fill a 2nd District vacancy. But by the time Ventura signed an order implementing the appointment, on April 24, 2002, Minge's home in rural Montevideo no longer was part of the 2nd District. Montevideo was put into a redrawn 7th District.

State law allows appellate judges to move from the congressional districts they were originally elected or appointed to represent. They also can continue to serve on the court if their districts change. The lawsuit asserts that Minge was never qualified to serve on the court because the boundaries of the 2nd District changed before his appointment. -- Republican activist tries to force appeals judge from election (AP via duluthsuperior.com)

Am I right in understanding that Minge could run for a district he no longer lives in (if he had been appointed properly from it), but anyone else wanting to run would have to live in the district? If so, it sounds like a denial of equal protection to me.