INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker will seek another 10-year term on the state's high court.
The Gary native filed paperwork Wednesday morning telling Secretary of State Connie Lawson he will run for retention on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
Rucker's filing beat a Monday deadline to get on the ballot and came just hours after a story in The Times and on nwi.com reported time was running out for the 13-year court veteran to seek retention.
A court spokeswoman was not immediately available to say whether The Times story prompted Rucker to act.
Rucker, who was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1999 by Democratic Gov. Frank O'Bannon, is the second-ever African-American to serve on the court. He won a 10-year term in a 2002 retention election.
If voters retain Rucker through 2022, the 65-year-old justice will reach the court's mandatory retirement age the year his term expires.
In addition to Rucker, Justice Steven David is also seeking a 10-year term on the November ballot. David was appointed by Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2010. New justices must stand for retention in the first general election after serving two years on the court.
David is perhaps best known for writing the court's 2011 Barnes v. State ruling, which said Hoosiers never have a right to resist police even if an officer is breaking the law.
The Republican-controlled General Assembly enacted a law this year partially undoing that decision by authorizing citizen resistance to police under specific circumstances.