VALPARAISO | Republican Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper filed for re-election Wednesday.
Harper, who is serving her 29th year on the bench, said in a statement today she has served as judge at every level of the state court system.
She previously served as a Porter County deputy prosecutor and as the chief deputy prosecutor. She is the first woman to have held each of those positions in the county.
Harper serves as supervising judge of the Porter County Family Court, which offers mediation and facilitation services and case tracking in family law matters.
She oversees the juvenile justice system, which has developed a juvenile mental health diversion program and a truancy diversion program. She also presides over the county's juvenile drug court.
Harper serves as advisory board chairperson of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Juvenile Mental Health Screening, Assessment and Treatment Project, which ensures that all children who are arrested and detained in juvenile detention centers receive screening and any necessary treatment for mental health disorders.
She serves on the Problem Solving Courts Committee of the Indiana Judicial Conference, which oversees certified problem solving courts such as veterans courts and drug courts.
Harper chairs the youth subcommittee of the Criminal Justice Institute and sits on the executive board of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
Also filing for re-election was Republican Porter County Clerk Karen Martin.
Democrat Charles Scheuer filed Wednesday as a candidate for county coroner.
To see a complete list of candidate filings, visit http://www.porterco.org/index.aspx?NID=624.