A former Madison County prosecutor and judge is throwing his hat into the ring for a chance to work in Springfield. 63 year old Don Weber of Troy, who served as Madison County State's Attorney and was also a judge in the county for several years, will seek the seat in the new 108th District that covers a portion of eastern Madison County, eastern St. Clair County and much of Washington County.

Weber made the official announcement this week, although he said earlier in the year that he would run in the race if he did not receive the Republican appointment to replace Ron Stephens who retired in August. Instead, the seat was filled by Paul Evans of O'Fallon, who also plans to run in the new 108th District. Weber was the Madison County State's Attorney who oversaw the high profile Paula Sims child-murder trial in the late 1980's. He lost his bid in a run for circuit judge in 2006. Another Republican, Charlie Meier of Okawville, has also announced his intention to run for the 108th seat. So far no Democrats have entered the primary race.