Three in running to replace retired circuit judge

DANVILLE — There will be a Democratic runoff for a Vermilion County resident circuit judgeship early next year.

Karen E. Wall, a Vermilion County associate judge from rural Danville, will face Edwin C. Barney, an attorney from Westville, in the March 4 primary.

Both Democrats filed nominating papers with the Illinois State Board of Elections on Monday, the first day candidates could file. The filing deadline is Dec. 2.

Thomas M. O'Shaughnessy, Vermilion County recorder of deeds and an attorney from Catlin, filed to run as a Republican.

The three are seeking a post held by Circuit Judge Michael Clary, who retired Oct. 31 after a 34-year law career, including the last 15 as a judge. Wall, 41, announced her candidacy on Clary's last day, and Barney, 39, announced earlier that month.

O'Shaughnessy, 56, formally announced his candidacy over the weekend.

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