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Monday, March 18,2013

Meadows to run for district court

The term-limited state representative announces he’ll run for district court judge in East Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz

district_069.jpgState Rep. Mark Meadows, D-East Lansing, announced today that he’s running for a judge seat in East Lansing’s 54B District Court, which is being vacated by retiring Judge David Jordon.

“I never expected that position would open up,” Meadows said in an interview today, adding he was surprised Jordon announced his retirement last week. “It’s one I thought about many times.”

Meadows, who is term-limited in his current seat, said he “had thought about” running for a state Senate seat when it opens up in 2014, but that running for a District Court seat had been on his mind for “years.”

Meadows said he expects to compete in an August primary for the District Court seat.

Meadows has served on the East Lansing City Council and as East Lansing mayor before being elected to the state House. He has also chaired the House Judiciary Committee and served as an assistant attorney general for 27 years.

54B judges serve six-year terms. Meadows, whose House term ends at the end of the year, represents the 69th House District, which includes East Lansing, Okemos, Haslett and Williamston.

Former East Lansing Mayor Sam Singh and Susan Schmidt — Meadows’ former Chief of Staff — are Democrats who have announced to replace him in the House. Meridian Township Supervisor Susan McGillicuddy, a Republican, also has announced her candidacy for the seat.

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