EDWARDSVILLE — An associate judge in Madison County plans to run for the circuit judge position vacated by former Chief Judge Ann Callis' resignation.
When Callis resigned to run for Congress, Circuit Judge David Hylla was elected chief judge to replace her. The Illinois Supreme Court then appointed Associate Judge James Hackett as circuit judge, to serve as interim until the November 2014 election.
Associate Judge Clarence Harrison announced his intention Monday to run for the circuit judge position.
Harrison was first elected associate judge in 1999 after a decade of practicing law in Granite City. His current assignment focuses on worker's compensation cases as well as a "utility judge" handling cases from other divisions.
Harrison is the son of the late Chief Justice Moses Harrison II, who died in April. The elder Harrison was a judge for nearly 30 years, served 10 years on the Illinois Supreme Court and two years as chief justice before his retirment in 2002.
Harrison credits his father and mother for instilling in him "the importance of community service and the dignity of each individual."
"As a circuit judge, I will work to shape court policy so that all voices are heard as we embrace a changing society and new technology," Harrison said.
A graduate of Collinsville High School, Harrison has an undergraduate business degree and law degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He lives in Collinsville with his wife and two daughters.
It was not immediately known whether anyone else has filed to run for the circuit judgeship, which would be voted in November 2014. Hackett could not be immediately reached for comment.
With Hackett's appointment to the circuit judgeship, that also leaves a vacant associate judge position. As of last week, 15 people had applied for that position.
The circuit judgeship is in the 3rd Judicial Circuit, which covers Madison and Bond counties. Circuit judges are elected by voters, while associate judges are elected by the circuit judges.
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