Even though the next general election is more than a year away, campaign finance records due next week may provide clues as to how competitive races will be.
Candidates with active political committees must file third quarter fund-raising activity, from July 1 through Sept. 30, by Oct. 15.
Area judicial candidates who have so far declared:
Fifth District Appellate Court
Vacancy of James Wexstten:
-Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jo Beth Weber, resident judge in Jefferson County, Democrat.
-First Judicial Circuit Court Judge James "Randy" Moore, who also serves by appointment to the Fifth District Appellate Court, Republican.
Vacancy of Justice Bruce Stewart:
- First Judicial Circuit judge Brad Bleyer of Carbondale, Democrat.
Third Judicial Circuit
-Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian, seeking retention to another six-year term
-Circuit Judge William Mudge, seeking retention to another six-year term
Twentieth Judiclal Circuit
-Full circuit vacancy of Circuit John Baricevic
-Full circuit vacancy of Circuit Judge Robert Haida
-Resident, St. Clair County vacancy of Circuit Judge Robert LeChien
Baricevic said he, Haida and LeChien, Democracts, plan to run for election to the seats they are vacating.