Four finalists vying for Will County judgeships
By Cindy Wojdyla Cain firstname.lastname@example.org July 1, 2013 7:36PM
Updated: August 3, 2013 6:34AM
JOLIET — Attorney Dave Carlson, who unsuccessfully challenged incumbent State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow in the November election, is one of four finalists for two Will County associate judge vacancies.
Fifty people applied to fill the openings. One vacancy was created by the retirement of Associate Judge Robert Baron. The other is a new judgeship, the second of five that could be created based on the county’s population in the 2010 Census. The other three judgeships cannot be created because Will County lacks the space for more courtrooms.
The pool of 50 applicants was whittled to four names last week by the circuit judges, said Chief Judge Richard Schoenstedt.
The finalists are:
Carlson, 42, of Plainfield, has been a lawyer since 2001. He attended Northern Illinois University law school. He is affiliated with the Carlson, Zelazo and O’Dekirk LLC law firm in Joliet. Carlson, a Republican, challenged Democrat Glasgow in the 2012 election.
David Garcia: 57, of Joliet, has been a lawyer since 1995. He attended IIT Kent law school in Chicago. He is a solo practitioner in Joliet.
Chantal Host: 38 of Channahon has been a lawyer since 2003. She attended Chicago-Kent law school and works for the law office of Thomas Naughton in Joliet.
Kathleen Patton, 66, of Crete, has been a lawyer since 1980. She attended Valparaiso University law school. She is a chief of the felony division for the Will county State’s Attorney’s Office.
Schoenstedt said now that the finalists have been picked, the Administrative Office of the Illinois Supreme Court will issue ballots to Will County’s 16 circuit court judges this week. Voting will probably last until July 11 or 12 and the results will be known by mid-July. The two judges will be sworn into office in August, Schoenstedt said.