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Bost, Solverson run for resident judge seat

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Voters in Jackson County will decide a few judicial races, including the resident judge seat in that county.

Christy Solverson was appointed to the bench in 2005, serving as an associate judge for the last 13 years.

She says it's a similar role to that of a board trustee.

"They are entrusted with implementing court rules and procedures for the judicial system and working to ensure that we have a fair and impartial and adequate judicial system in southern Illinois," Solverson said.

Steven Bost has been a Jackson County Board Member since 2015 and has been a lawyer for 12 years, counting his time in the Marines as a prosecutor and legal advisor.

"I'm passionate about the law and I'm passionate about Jackson County," Bost said ."This is my home outside of military service. This is where I've always lived. And I want to be able to come back and ensure that we are providing fair and impartial services, and judicial services to the people of Jackson County."

Lawyers responding to the Illinois State Bar Association's advisory poll only recommended Solverson for the job. She scored a 93 when it comes to qualifications where Bost scored a 63, just a couple points shy of a recommendation.

He said that's because they only looked at his five years in private practice.

"What would that poll be if they had seen me for 12 years, prosecuting sexual assault cases at Marine Corps Station Yuma," Bost said. "Defending the constitutional rights of Marines at Yuma and Iraq when I served in the Second Marine Logistics Group."

Bost said his experience with a variety of cases makes him stand out, while Solverson touts her experience on the bench.

"Out of all the judicial candidates running in southern Illinois, I've been on the bench the longest out of all of them," Solverson said.

And this is just one of several open seats voters in southern Illinois will be deciding on election day.

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