Judge, prosecutor, veteran, and spouse of a veteran

EDWARDSVILLE, IL — July 26, 2017. Associate Judge Sarah Smith today announces her
candidacy for Circuit Judge. Her dedication to the bench has led her to the decision to campaign
for the open Third Judicial Circuit seat, which is composed of Madison and Bond County, due to
Judge Crowder’s retirement.

“I have seen what an impact we, as judges, can have on the lives of those in our community,
even as Associate Judges. As a Circuit Judge, I will actively participate in community outreach
programs that educate our youth and strive to continue helping all the people of Madison and
Bond County,” said Smith.

A lifelong resident of Madison County, Smith has been a Third Judicial Circuit Associate since
2015, presiding over the child support accountability court and overseeing the domestic violence
accountability court, as well as divorce cases and other family matters.

Smith is a Lieutenant Colonel, the highest-ranking JAG officer in the State, and was recently
selected to serve as Illinois’ first Military Judge for the Illinois Army National Guard.

Smith worked at Ezra & Associates for over 10 years, practicing plaintiff’s civil litigation. In her
judicial career, she has tried hundreds of bench trials and successfully prosecuted dozens of
sexual assault and other complex cases.

“I will work tirelessly for the residents of Madison and Bond County. I want to serve the public
because I care. I firmly believe that I must keep their best interests at heart at all times,” said
Smith.

She is certainly no stranger to hard work. Smith is an active member of the Illinois Army
National Guard, has over twenty-two years of military service, is a recipient of a Bronze Star, is
a former prosecutor, and is also a loving wife and mother. Sarah looks forward to continuing her
lifetime of public service.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT: Ron Foster, rfoster@waltontelken.com

(618) 980-1280

 

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