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Overstreet, Hoerner run for appellate judge seat

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WSIL -- The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Judge David Overstreet to the Fifth District Appellate Court in 2017, and now he's running for a full-term to replace Judge Richard Goldenhersh.  

Overstreet served as a circuit judge for a decade prior to his appointment. He started as a lawyer in the early 90s.

"Every case that comes in front of me on the appellate court, I have, more than likely, handled to some degree that as a circuit judge," Overstreet said.

Overstreet's opponent, Kevin Hoerner, has been a lawyer for more than 30 years. He spent the last couple decades as a prosecutor in St. Clair County and as a Special Assistant Attorney General in Illinois.

"I think my diverse practice and my background, coupled with my developing role in public service, makes me uniquely qualified for this position," Hoerner said.

The Illinois State Bar Association said both men are highly qualified to be an appellate judge, giving the slight edge to Hoerner in each of the advisory poll's eight categories.

Hoerner, the Democrat in the race, said he's running to keep a sense of balance on the court since there's more Republicans on the bench than Democrats.

"What I'm seeking to do with my candidacy is hold serve, so to speak, and I think balance on the court is critically important to the people who live and work in southern Illinois," Hoerner said.

Hoerner said politics won't play into his decisions on the bench.

Overstreet said he won't play politics, either.

"Be fair. Listen to the parties. Listen to the attorneys," Overstreet said. "Be willing to change your mind if you have some preconceived notion and do your best to apply the law, and then rule."

Both men say this race could impact southern Illinois for generations.

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