Attorney Jackie Butler has decided to pursue the office and fill the seat currently occupied by Judge Clark G. Rehme.
Butler announced her candidacy last week with a news release. In the release she said that she was looking forward to the opportunity. "I have enjoyed being a part of Lawrence Township and would now like the opportunity to serve the residents that live around me," said Butler in the release.
Political watchers may remember that Butler was one of the late additions to the 2011 City-County Council ballot in June to run against the staunchly conservative Ginny Cain in District 5. She was unsuccessful in that race though she gave it a valiant effort. This should be a much more winnable campaign for her.
Democrats hold most of the major executive and judicial offices in Lawrence and Lawrence Township with the exception of the township Small Claims Court position. Judge Jim Joven, a Republican, was elected back in 2010. He resigned when he was appointed to the Marion County Superior Court and is now serving there. Judge Rehme has never faced the voters.
This should complete the Lawrence Township ticket pending any primary challenges. Steve Talley, as we reported last week, is expected to run for Trustee. Terry Burns is likely to pursue a second term as Constable and now Butler will attempt to win the Small Claims Court Judge seat. That's quite a diverse group of good and capable Democrats!