Fourteen men and women are vying to become Madison County's newest associate judge, according to a press release sent out by Chief Judge Ann Callis' office Friday.
They are seeking to replace retiring Madison County Associate Judge Ralph Mendelsohn who will retire in December. Mendelsohn has said in previous interviews that he is stepping down at the age of 65 because he had maxed out his pension and wants to pursue a new career in private arbitration.
Mendelsohn has held the seat for about a decade.
All of the applicants are Madison County attorneys, as stated in the guidelines for application.
The applicants are:
Mary Albert-Fitz - Family law, Brighton;
Phillip Alfeld - Personal injury, Schrempf, Kelly, Napp & Darr, Alton;
Veronica Armouti - Health law, Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard, Edwardsville;
Robert Bosslet Jr. - Personal injury, Bosslet & O'Leary, Granite City;
Elizabeth Carrion - Alton;
Donald Flack - Personal injury; Flack Law Office, Wood River;
Dennis Orsey - Family, criminal defense, injury, Granite City;
Marc Parker - FELA, personal injury, LakinChapman, Wood River;
Greg Roosevelt - Personal injury, Roosevelt Law Office, Edwardsville;
Amy Sholar - Criminal defense, personal injury, Law Office of Amy Sholar, Alton;
Ronald Slemer - Criminal defense, DUI, Edwardsville;
Dean Sweet - Madison County Assistant State's Attorney;
Scott Turner - Madison County Public Defender;
Lonnie Weaver - Personal injury, East Alton.
Mendelsohn's retirement goes into effect Dec. 29. For the last several years, he has overseen the Wood River Arbitration facility.