Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced five finalists Wednesday for two 6th Judicial District court vacancies that will occur in Duluth in December.

The vacancies happen when Judge David Sullivan retires Dec. 16 and Judge John T. Oswald retires Dec. 31.

The finalists are Michael Cuzzo, Susan Ginsburg, Eric Hylden, Thom Pertler and Sally Tarnowski.

Cuzzo, of Duluth, is a lawyer and partner in the Duluth law firm of Cuzzo and Envall. He earned his law degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1983, and his bachelor's degree magna cum laude in 1980.

Ginsburg, of Duluth, is a self-employed lawyer and a part-time 6th Judicial District assistant public defender in Duluth. She earned her law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Wash., in 1979, and her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975.

Hylden, of Duluth, is a lawyer and shareholder with the Duluth law firm of Reyelts, Leighton, Bateman, Hylden and Sturdevant. He earned his law degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1987 and his bachelor's degree magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1984.

Pertler, of Cloquet, is a Carlton County attorney and an adjunct instructor at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. He earned his law degree from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul in 1989, and his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1986.

Tarnowski, of Duluth, is a lawyer in private practice in Duluth. She earned her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul in 1986, and her bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1982.