Bruce Stewart, a Democratic candidate for the position of Appellate Court Judge stopped in Shelbyville on Thursday, January 26th.

Stewart of Harrisburg is presently the Circuit Judge in the First Judicial Circuit Court of Saline County.

“I am the only candidate for this position that has been a trial court judge,” said Stewart. “What a Appellate Judge does is judge the work of trial court judges, so it seems to me like a person should serve some time as a trial court judge.”

Stewart, age 53, is married with two daughters.

He has practiced law since 1976. He has extensive general trial experience including complex criminal and civil litigation. He has experience in the Illinois Appellate and Supreme courts.

Stewart is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Illinois Judges Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the Judges Association since 2004.

He also served as Co-founder and past Chairman of the Habitat for Humanity of Saline County.

Stewart said there are 37 counties in the Appellate Court District.

“Five of the six current elected Appellate Court Justices are from either Madison or St. Clair Counties, and I think it is appropriate that we have geographical distribution on the Appellate Court and have somebody elected from the rural counties,” continued Stewart. “This is a good opportunity to do that, because I am endorsed by the Democratic Party in both St. Clair and Madison Counties.”

He went on to say he believes he is qualified and has the backing of the Democratic Party.

He is a member, Deacon and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Harrisburg.

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