Defense attorney and veteran Clay County Prosecutor Kenneth Kohler has announced that he is a candidate for Seat 27 of the 7th District Court.
MOst judges in Minnesota run unopposed, but Kohler is the third candidate to file for Seat 27. Incumbent Judge Steven Cahill of Moorhead has filed for re-election to a second six-year term. Also filing is Terry Graff of Sabin, who has a law office in Fargo, N.D., specializing in disability cases.
The 7th District includes Stearns, Todd and Morrison County as well as seven other counties.
Kohler, 57, has served as a defense attorney for eight years with the Vogel Law Firm, and was a prosecuting attorney for 24 years prior to his joining the firm.
In announcing his decision to run, Kohler said, “I have dedicated my career to the pursuit of justice in our legal system and fairness for all parties. As a district court judge, I want to serve the people of the 7th Judicial District. I believe that my unique combination of experience both inside and outside the courtroom makes me a well qualified candidate for this position. I look forward to the opportunity to serve our citizens fairly and intelligently, putting my experience to work for our communities.”
Kohler acted as the Chief Assistant Clay County Criminal Prosecutor from 2002 through 2006, when he accepted a position with the Vogel Law Firm. Kohler was made a partner with the law firm in 2008, and has concentrated on the defense of serious crimes throughout the 7th Judicial District.
Prior to becoming a prosecutor with the Clay County Attorney’s Office, Kohler was a partner with the Mork, H. Darling, Hageman & Kohler law firm in Worthington, and also served for three terms as the Nobles County Attorney.
Kohler is a veteran with the Minnesota Army National Guard, where he served for 13 years as an officer in the JAG Corps.
Kohler is a district assembly representatives with the Minnesota Bar Association and a vice president with the Clay County Bar Association.
In addition to his attorney duties, Kohler teaches as an adjunct professor in the areas of criminal law and criminal procedure for M/State (Minnesota Community and Technical College, Moorhead Campus), for students wishing careers in the criminal justice field.
Kohler is a graduate of Hamline University School of Law, University of Minnesota-Morris, and Redwood Falls High School.
Kohler and his wife Gail have been married for over 30 years. The Kohler’s have three children, Benjamin Kohler, Rebecca Serfling, and Rachel Kohler, and two grandchildren, Easton Serfling, 4 and Avery Serfling, 2.