Billings attorney Ashley Harada is throwing her hat into the ring for one of the new judicial seats coming to Yellowstone County following the November elections. Harada joined us on our "Montana Talks" radio show Wednesday morning to announce her run for District Court Judge for Department 8 of the Thirteenth Judicial District Court.

She was born and raised in Montana and attended law school at the University of Montana School of Law, graduating with honors in 2004.

According to a press release, Harada moved to Billings to serve as a staff attorney for US District Judge Richard Cebull for nine years and then transitioned into a law clerk/staff attorney position for all of the Federal Judges and United States Magistrate Judges in Montana.

In the fall of 2013, Harada left the Federal Courts to open her own practice. Harada is currently serving as the President of the Yellowstone Area Bar Association, is a panel member for the State Bar of Montana Fee Arbitration Committee, serves on the Billings Catholic School Board, and is actively involved in local civic organizations. Her activities include volunteering at SpringFest for the Moss Mansion and Mayfair for Billings Catholic Schools. She is also a strong supporter of the University of Montana Grizzly Athletic program.

Harada is married to Tim Harada, an Airforce Veteran and Cartographer at NorthWestern Energy. They have two children, Nolan and Bellamy.