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Judge John W. Sanders running for Williamson Co. Resident Circuit Judge

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updated: 9/20/2017 9:31 AM

MARION - Close to 200 family members and friends joined Judge John W. Sanders this past Saturday as he announced his candidacy for resident circuit judge to fill the vacancy of retired Circuit Judge Carolyn Smoot.

Sanders made his announcement during his campaign's kickoff picnic at Ray Fosse Park in Marion. Those in attendance enjoyed beautiful weather, great food and music from local artists, Nicholas Sanders, Aaron Smith and Clayton Gribble. Over 20 volunteers, mostly high school classmates of the candidate, hosted the picnic.

The campaign's chairman, Dr. Mark Whitehead, explained, "I have known John since we were children, and I am very proud of his accomplishments. There is little doubt, having John remain on the bench would continue to benefit our community."

Last October, Sanders was appointed to his position unanimously by the Illinois Supreme Court upon the recommendation of Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier. Reflecting on his appointment, Sanders stated, "Since December, I have enjoyed serving on the bench and would consider it a tremendous honor to be able to continue serving the people of Williamson County following the election."

He said that for the past 10 months, he has had the privilege of presiding over the family law docket -- hearing matters regarding divorces and other family issues while making difficult decisions involving the custody of young children.

Sanders has also performed over 100 weddings and numerous adoptions in his short tenure.

Sanders graduated from the University of Illinois in 1985 and earned his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1988. He practiced alongside his late father, Attorney James W. Sanders, and his brother, Attorney J. Lawrence Sanders, at their Marion law firm of Sanders & Sanders.

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