Marissa attorney Marshall Hilmes announced on Oct. 19 he will run for the 20th Judicial Circuit judge seat.
The 46-year-old was a prosecutor and assistant state’s attorney for St. Clair County, during which he worked with state and federal departments to create a Southern Illinois Violent Crimes Task Force. He currently works at his private law practice in Caseyville.
Hilmes has lived in the metro-east area for his entire life, attending Southwestern Illinois College for his associate’s degree, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville for his undergraduate degree and Saint Louis University School of Law for his doctorate degree, according to a press release.
“The people of the 20th Circuit deserve judges who will be fair, impartial, and who will work hard and consistently to apply the law with compassion, humility, and integrity. Southern Illinois is ready for additional changes in their judiciary that better reflect the values and principles of the people. With my background and experience, I am qualified for the position, I have the experience necessary to do the work, and I have the necessary judicial ethics to serve the people well,” Hilmes said in the press release.
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The 20th Judicial Circuit includes Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington counties. Hilmes will run in the primary election to be held March 20, 2018.