VALPARAISO | Porter Superior Court II Judge William Alexa faces a challenge by attorney Anthony Pampalone in the Nov. 6 election.
Alexa, 71, of Union Township, a Democrat, was appointed judge in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. Pampalone, 37, of Valparaiso, practices civil and criminal law in courts throughout Northwest Indiana.
Alexa said his “extensive experience, legal expertise and community involvement differentiate me from my opponent.”
After graduating from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1973, Alexa served as deputy and chief deputy prosecuting attorney for Porter County from 1975 to 1978.
He was elected state senator for the 5th Senate District in 1988 and served until 2002, when he was appointed judge.
Alexa practiced civil law in Porter County from 1978 to 2002, and served as the attorney for the Valparaiso Plan Commission.
Pampalone, a Republican, earned a degree in public affairs from Indiana University Bloomington in 1997 and graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 2001.
He was a member of the Union Township Board from 2003 to 2006, and has been the trustee of Union Township since 2007. He also has served as a commissioner on the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission since 2007.
Pampalone said he is running for judge because of his commitment to public service.
“I believe I represent the future of Porter County, not the past,”
Pampalone said. “The time is now for a judicial candidate that has the educational background, legal work experience and public service record necessary to run an efficient, impartial and ethical court.”
Alexa and Pampalone agree the drug problem in Porter County continues to be a big issue facing the courts.
Pampalone said while the judiciary does have a role in addressing it, the Indiana code of judicial conduct prevents him from providing specifics.
Alexa said he and the other judges in the county are involved in alcohol and drug abuse prevention efforts. An adult drug court and a juvenile drug court have been established, he said.