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Aurora attorney joins Kane County judge's race

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 6:14 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 11:23 p.m. CST
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David Howard

An Aurora attorney with more than 20 years of experience is aiming for a place on the bench.

David Howard, 49, intends to seek the Republican nomination for a Kane County judgeship currently held by Circuit Judge James Hallock.

“I have a real appreciation about how rare and valuable the rule of law is in this country,” Howard said, comparing the U.S. legal system to those in other countries.

Hallock, who was appointed as a new circuit felony court judge in 2012, has said he is also seeking the Republican nomination.

The seat for which they are running will be known on the ballot as “New Judgeship A” in the 3rd Subcircuit of the 16th Judicial Circuit.

Howard – a nearly lifelong Aurora resident and owner of an adopted pit bull named Linus – said he has 23 years of experience practicing law. In that time, Howard said, he has seen many judges treat people like they should be treated – as citizens deserving of courtesy and decency. But, he said, that doesn’t always happen.

“If you feel that you haven’t been treated correctly by a judge, that’s going to color the way you decide to proceed with regard to doing your duties as a citizen,” Howard said.

“I really feel that I have the experience to go ahead and be the kind of judge where you’re going to feel better about the system.”

Kane County voters will elect two judges next year.

In addition to the six-year term sought by Hallock and Howard, voters will select a judge to replace retiring Circuit Judge Karen Simpson. Geneva attorney D.J. Tegeler and Kane County Associate Judge Marmarie J. Kostelny are running in that race.

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