ST. CLOUD -- Three finalists for a judgeship in Stearns County have been sent to Governor Dayton for consideration.

Daniel Benson is a member of the criminal defense firm of Benson Law Office. Benson is also a part-time Assistant Public Defender for the Seventh Judicial District.

Andrew Pearson is a criminal defense lawyer for the firm of Bradshaw and Bryant. Pearson is also a Public Defender for Stearns and Benton counties.

Shan Wang is the Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division in the Stearns County Attorney's Office where he supervises the adult criminal prosecution division. Wang was previously an Assistant County Attorney.

Governor Dayton will appoint one of the candidates to fill the seat formerly held by Judge Thomas Knapp who retired recently.