VALPARAISO | Porter Superior Court Judge David Chidester announced Monday he is seeking a third term during next year's elections.
Having served since 2003, Chidester, a Democrat, said he has served longer in Superior Court 4 than anyone else since the court's inception in 1976.
Statistics from the Indiana Judicial Center show Chidester maintains the busiest court in Porter County, handling the misdemeanor, traffic and small claims docket for Chesterton, Valparaiso, Kouts, Hebron and Burns Harbor, according to a press release.
Chidester said he has been assigned and disposed of an average of 12,000 cases per year since 2003, and has always found time to perform weddings in the courthouse and hear cases from neighboring counties as a special judge.
He serves as the district representative to the Indiana Judges Association, serves on the Indiana Judicial Center Committee on Protection Orders, and is the Valparaiso University liaison to the new Indiana Judicial Clerkship Program, which helps new attorneys obtain experience by serving as a law clerk to Valparaiso University alumni judges.
His plans are to institute a Porter County Mental Health Court to deal with non-violent offenders having mental and emotional disabilities, and to secure their release from the jail to prevent overcrowding.
Porter Superior Court 1 Judge Roger Bradford, a Republican, has already announced his intention to seek re-election next year.
Also on next year's ballot is the seat held by Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper.