Allen Superior Judge Wendy Davis announced today she will run as a Republican to replace Allen Circuit Judge Thomas Felts, who will not seek reelection when his term expires at the end of the year.
Davis took the bench in 2011 after defeating incumbent Judge Kenneth Scheibenberger in an election the year before. She was reelected in 2016, and her term ends in 2022.
Felts, who was elected in 2002, announced last week he will retire after serving three terms as Circuit Court judge.
Davis, who handles felony cases, so far is the first to announce her candidacy for the post. Several prominent figures in the local business and legal communities, including Sweetwater Sound founder Chuck Surack and Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards, said at a news conference today they support Davis.
County GOP Chairman Steve Shine also said he supports her.
The circuit court handles a variety of cases including mortgage foreclosures, civil cases and cases involving drunk driving and habitual traffic offenders. Candidates for judge there declare whether they are a Republican or a Democrat.
Allen Superior Court typically handles more serious criminal cases, and judges' positions are non-partisan.