Too soon to be thinking about next year's judicial elections?
Not really. In less than a month, established political party candidates can begin circulating petitions for the primary election set Feb. 2, 2010.
In Madison County, two circuit judges will be up for retention: Andy Matoesian and Daniel Stack.
Matoesian, who has been a circuit judge since 1992, said on Tuesday that he will seek retention.
Stack said in an interview last year that he was "seriously debating" retirement at the end of his current six-year term to take up mediation.
He was appointed to the 3rd Circuit Court in February 2003 to succeed retired judge Circuit Judge P.J. O'Neill. Stack was elected to fill O'Neill's vacancy in 2004.
"I am acquiring information right now, but it (mediation) appears very attractive to me right now," Stack said in August 2008.
Stack was contacted for comment on Tuesday, but had not returned a call by press time.
According to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) website, Stack had filed a pre-election financial disclosure statement in March showing that he had $1,750.73 on hand in campaign funds.
The website does not show a current campaign committee for Matoesian.
Judges seeking retention must obtain 60 percent of the vote to be retained.
The ISBE website states that candidates can start moving petitions on Aug. 4, which is the 90th day preceding the last day to file nominating papers. Filing dates for the primary are between Oct. 26 and Nov. 2.
The general election is Nov. 2, 2010.