JUDGE DAVID OVERSTREET ANNOUNCES RUN FOR FIFTH DISTRICT APPELLATE COURT IN MT. VERNON

JUSTICE DAVID OVERSTREET ANNOUNCED FRIDAY HE IS SEEKING ELECTION TO THE FIFTH DISTRICT APPELLATE COURT IN MT. VERNON, WHICH OVERSEES 37 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS COUNTIES. OVERSTREET WAS ASSIGNED TO HIS CURRENT SEAT ON THE APPELLATE COURT IN FEBRUARY WHEN THE SEAT WAS VACATED BY JUSTICE JAMES MOORE AFTER THE NOVEMBER 2016 ELECTION. OVERSTREET, WHO IS REPUBLICAN, SAID AS AN APPELLATE JUDGE HE WANTS TO FIND THE BEST WAYS TO INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY INTO THE COURTS — SUCH AS COURT HEARINGS VIA WEB CAMS, AS WELL AS WORK TO FIND WAYS OF REPRESENTATION PEOPLE IN CIVIL CASES WHO CANNOT AFFORD ATTORNEYS. STATE SENATOR DAVID LUECHTEFELD OF OKAWVILLE IS CHAIRING OVERSTREET’S CAMPAIGN. THE VACANCY WAS CREATED LAST MONTH WHEN JUDGE RICHARD P. GOLDENHERSH ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT. GOLDENHERSH SERVED AS A CIRCUIT JUDGE IN ST. CLAIR COUNTY UNTIL HE JOINED THE APPELLATE COURT IN 1988. APPELLATE JUDGES ARE ELECTED TO 10-YEAR TERMS. THEY HEAR BETWEEN NINE AND 18 CASES EVERY FIVE WEEKS. OVERSTREET, 51, WAS A PARTNER AT THE MOUNT VERNON LAW FIRM OF NEUBAUER & OVERSTREET PRIOR TO BECOMING A JUDGE. HE WAS NAMED TO THE BENCH IN 2007 AND WAS ELECTED BY VOTERS IN 2008 AND 2014.