WILL COUNTY – An associate judge will seek a circuit court position next year.
Ben Braun, of Frankfort, announced on Tuesday that he will seek to be elected as a circuit judge in the 2018 election. Braun has been an associate judge for 11 years.
“The circuit court is one of Will County’s essential government institutions and Will County’s 16 circuit court judges typically hear the higher-profile cases, supervise other judges, and both select and decide the retention of the county’s 20 associate judges,” Braun said in a statement. “I would be honored to have the vote of the people of Will County.”
The circuit vacancy opened up when Judge Daniel Rozak retired earlier this year. Retired Associate Judge Rick Mason was appointed to fill the seat until 2018 but will not seek election. Braun is the first candidate to announce for the race.
Braun holds degrees from the University of Illinois and Stetson University College of Law.
As an associate judge, he has presided over cases in bond court, the domestic violence and orders of protection courtrooms, misdemeanor trials and the family law division. He has also heard paternity, housing and ordinance code violations and landlord-tenant cases.