VALPARAISO — Local attorney Katrina Spence-Smock has announced her intention to run as a Republican for the judicial seat being vacated next year by Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford.
"I have found that the various roles I have held in my lifetime, from being a wife, mother, deputy sheriff, deputy prosecutor, attorney, board member, volunteer, coach … and even Girl Scout leader have provided me with insight, patience, humility and drive to administer the awesome duties and power entrusted to this office," she said in a prepared statement.
"If I am blessed to be elected to this office, I will continue Judge Bradford’s commitment to impartiality, fairness and well-reasoned judgments based on the law and the Constitution," Spence-Smock said.
Bradford, a Republican, who has served nearly 40 years, has announced he will not be seeking re-election after his current term ends next year.
Spence-Smock, of Valparaiso, has been in private practice and has operated her own law firm since 2009, focusing on family, motor vehicle and criminal law.
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She said she has served as pro tem judge in several other courtrooms around the county and has a long history of leadership and volunteer service with the county veteran's court.
Spence-Smock also had worked for the Porter County prosecutor's office, and as a deputy sheriff in Cook County, Illinois, and as a legal adviser to then-Cook County Sheriff Michael Sheahan.
Local attorney and county Public Defender Mitch Peters, a Democrat, has announced his intention to run for the seat being abandoned at the year's end by Republican Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper.
Harper said she is intentionally stepping down a year early in order to give her successor, who will be appointed the governor, a year to serve while running for the job.