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BLOOMINGTON — Eleventh Judicial Circuit Associate Judge William Yoder will seek election as McLean County resident circuit judge in the November 2018 general election.

Yoder announced Thursday at a gathering in the lobby of the McLean County Law and Justice Center in downtown Bloomington his candidacy to fill a vacancy created by the December 2018 retirement of Judge Kevin Fitzgerald, chief judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit. 

Surrounded by an audience of family and supporters, Yoder pledged to uphold high standards if elected.

"The integrity of and public confidence in our court system has always been my top priority," said Yoder, an associate judge since 2011.

Yoder, who served as McLean County state's attorney from 2002 to 2011, was introduced by Bloomington lawyer Guy Fraker and retired Chief Judge Elizabeth Robb.

Robb noted that Yoder's dedication to improve the legal system included his work with other criminal justice leaders to establish the McLean County Drug Court in 2006. 

After months of meetings on the new problem-solving court, Yoder urged his colleagues to "stop planning and just do it."  

In his endorsement of Yoder, Fraker said the candidate's abilities are "consistent with what we've come to expect on the bench in McLean County."

Yoder's current responsibilities include the McLean County Recovery Court for defendants for whom mental illness plays a role in their alleged offenses.

The candidate is a lifelong resident of McLean County. He received a bachelor's degree from Purdue University and law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.  

Yoder is the father of two grown children and is engaged to McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis.

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McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.

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