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Lake County Judge Marissa McDermott announces reelection bid
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Lake County Judge Marissa McDermott announces reelection bid

Marissa McDermott

Marissa McDermott

CROWN POINT — Lake County Circuit Court Judge Marissa McDermott has announced her intention to seek reelection next year.

"FIVE YEARS AGO, today, I woke up as the first woman to ever win an election for Lake Circuit Judge," McDermott wrote in a social media post Tuesday.

"That success was due to wonderful supporters and a lot of work," she said. "It's hard to believe how fast the time flew, but today, I am proud to announce that I will be running for re-election."

McDermott, who is married to Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., said she plans to spend the coming months sharing what she and her circuit court team have accomplished.

"And I hope to see you as I travel once again to every corner of Lake County," she said. "I have really missed being on the campaign trail, and am looking forward to an exciting next year."

McDermott, a Democrat, soundly defeated Republican challenger Doug Grimes during the 2016 elections. Grimes is an attorney and former Gary city judge.

Thomas McDermott Jr. took to social media to laud his wife's contributions as judge over the past five years.

Republicans Hal Slager and Julie Olthoff have reclaimed their Indiana House seats they previously lost in 2018 to Democratic challengers.

"Since that time, she has tirelessly and professionally run the Circuit Court, restoring order that had been missing, and eliminating a horrendous backlog in cases that had developed," he wrote.

"Through hard work and diligence, Judge Marissa has turned the Circuit Court around," he said. "Working from early in the morning until late in the evening, Lake County residents got their money’s worth when they hired Judge Marissa."

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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