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Smith raises nearly $23K in first month of campaign for circuit judge

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 22, 2017

Madison County Associate Judge Sarah Smith has raised $22,844.43 in the first month of her campaign for circuit judge. 

Smith is running for the open circuit judge seat created by Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder’s retirement when her term ends in December 2018.

Friends of Sarah Smith, a committee supporting her campaign, was formed July 17 by chairman Ron Foster of Walton Telken. 


Smith received the most money from the asbestos plaintiff firm Gori, Julian & Associates PC, which contributed $9,500 to Smith’s campaign through three separate contributions on July 26, Aug. 16 and Aug. 18. 

The rest of the contributions to Smith’s campaign include:

-         The Madison County Democratic Central Committee contributed $3,094.43 through two separate contributions on Aug. 14

-         Swansea personal injury firm Cates Mahoney contributed $1,250 on Aug. 15.

-         Edwardsville personal injury, criminal defense firm Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb LLC contributed $2,000 on July 26.

-         Collinsville personal injury firm John Hustava PC, Attorney at Law contributed $1,000 on Aug. 18.

-         Personal injury, wrongful death attorney Michael P. Glisson of Williamson Webster Falb in Alton contributed $1,000 on Aug. 18.

-         Granite City personal injury, workers’ compensation firm Becker Schroader & Chapman PC contributed $1,000 on Aug.18.

-         Personal injury firm The Perica Law Firm in Wood River contributed $1,000 on Aug. 18.

-         Keller Construction Inc. of Glen Carbon contributed $1,000 on July 26.

-         Charles Smith contributed $2,000 on July 26.

Smith was appointed an associate judge in 2015. She presides over the child support accountability court and oversees the domestic violence accountability court, as well as divorce cases and other family matters.

Smith is a lieutenant colonel with the Army National Guard, the highest-ranking JAG officer in Illinois, and was recently selected to serve as the state's first Military Judge for the Illinois Army National Guard.

Before taking the bench, Smith worked at Ezra & Associates for more than 10 years, focusing on plaintiff’s civil litigation. 

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