Appointee facing Tuscola attorney for Douglas judgeship
TUSCOLA — An attorney from Tuscola is challenging an appointed associate circuit judge from Tuscola in Tuesday's Republican primary election in Douglas County.
Lorna K. Geiler faces Richard L. Broch Jr. for Douglas County circuit court judge to fill a vacancy created when Michael G. Carroll retired as judge in the 6th Judicial Circuit.
Broch, 57, of Tuscola was appointed to the bench 14 months ago to serve until the next election.
Broch has experience as a defense attorney, prosecutor and a judge.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1978 and a juris doctorate degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1981.
After serving as an assistant public defender in Champaign County, Broch worked as assistant state's attorney in Douglas County from 1984 to 1986.
Following two years of private practice with the firm of Moore & Carroll, he was elected Douglas County state's attorney in 1988, serving for two four-year terms.
Then Broch returned to private practice in Tuscola from 1996 until 2012, when he was appointed as an associate circuit judge.
"I have spent almost my entire legal career serving the people of Douglas County in some capacity," Broch said.
"I would like to close out that career serving them as their circuit judge. I have enjoyed working with the people in the courthouse throughout the years and believe it would be a smooth transition working with them as judge."
Geiler, 51, of Tuscola has been a practicing attorney for almost 30 years and has been involved in numerous jury trials and litigated cases throughout central and southern Illinois.
She is currently a shareholder at Meyer Capel Law Firm, where she has concentrated her practice in civil litigation, employment and labor law for the past 25 years.
Prior to joining Meyer Capel, she worked at Craig & Craig in Mattoon.
Geiler graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree from Illinois State University in 1983. She earned a juris doctorate degree from the University of Illinois in 1986.
Geiler said her lifelong commitment to public service led her to run for Douglas County circuit court judge.
"My life and my career have been defined by service to others: service to my family as a daughter, sister, wife and mother; service to my church in a variety of committees and various leadership roles; service to my community on assorted foundations and boards; service to my business partners as a mentor and leader; service to my students as an educator; and service to my clients as an attorney," she said.
"Having a calling to public service means having the conviction that a successful life must include service to others. I believe I have been called to serve my community in the noble pursuit of being a judge. For me, serving as a judge will not be a job or a career or an occupation; it is a calling and the truest form of public service. In furtherance of my life-long commitment to public service, if elected, I will have the opportunity to serve the greater public good and give back to the community which has given so much to me."