Shelbyville Daily Union

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January 21, 2014

Siemer announces candidacy for circuit judge

Effingham attorney Martin W. Siemer has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Circuit Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit. He is seeking the at-large position being vacated by the retirement of Circuit Judge Sherri L.E. Tungate.

“It is with great respect for the position of Circuit Judge that I seek to take this next step in public service,” Siemer said. “After almost 20 years in private practice, and having also invested more than 16 years in serving my community as a school board member, I feel this is the right time to offer my experiences in a new role.” Siemer has been elected five times to the Board of Education for Teutopolis Community Unit District No. 50, and he has served as its President since 2007. “Too often, these important judicial elections go uncontested. I feel the residents of the Fourth Circuit deserve a choice in the selection of their judges.”

The Teutopolis native hopes to bring his long and diverse legal experience with him to the bench. “Over the years, I have appeared in court in at least 18 different counties throughout Central and Southern Illinois, in a wide variety of cases -- primarily civil cases, but also including criminal, traffic, juvenile and others. I’ve briefed and argued numerous cases on appeal in the Appellate Courts for the Fourth and Fifth Judicial Districts and the Illinois Supreme Court, and I’ve also represented clients in federal court in Benton and East St. Louis.”

Hoping to apply lessons learned from his current area of concentration for the benefit of the courts and the public, Siemer continued, “In recent years, I’ve concentrated my law practice in the areas of Elder Law, estate planning, real estate and estate and trust administration. From my perspective, I would especially like to see greater protections and access to the courts for our area seniors and disabled. This can be difficult to achieve, but it should continue to grow as a priority.”

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