The Third Judicial Circuit Court Judges have selected two Associate Judges, but still have three seats to fill on the bench that serves Madison and Bond counties. Chief Circuit Judge David Hylla says Jennifer Hightower of Alton and Sarah Smith of Edwardsville have been elected to fill two of the five vacancies.
Both Hightower and Smith have recently worked in the Madison County State’s Attorney’s office. Judge Hylla says four candidates will take part in a run-off for the final three slots: Ben Beyers, Donald Flack, Maureen Schuette and Luther Simmons. Circuit Judges will receive the ballots in the mail and have 14 days to return their ballots.