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URBANA — A fourth Democrat has announced he wants to be his party’s candidate for resident judge for Champaign County.

David Moore, 60, of St. Joseph informed the Democratic Central Committee on Wednesday night that he intends to run for the seat now held by Judge Jason Bohm, who was appointed to it when Judge Michael Jones retired.

Bohm plans to run as a Republican for the seat being vacated in 2020 by Presiding Judge Tom Difanis, who will retire late next year. That requires running in all six counties of the Sixth Circuit: Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt.

To date, no Democrat has announced plans to challenge Bohm, but Champaign attorney Sami Anderson has said she plans to run against him in all six counties for the Republican nomination for Difanis’ seat.

And Cherie Kesler, a Savoy attorney in general practice, confirmed this week her plans to join that GOP lineup as well.

Moore joins already announced Democratic candidates Ramona Sullivan, an assistant public defender; Ruth Wyman, a private general practitioner in Champaign; and Troy Lozar, an assistant state’s attorney.

After the fall 2018 sweep of several countywide seats by Democrats, the four feel the chances at winning a judgeship might improve if they have to run in just Champaign County, rather than circuitwide since voters in the other five counties tend to lean Republican.

A lawyer in Champaign County for 36 years, Moore is currently in practice with Roger Prillaman in downtown Urbana.

"My practice is primarily civil in nature along with some criminal cases as well. I have extensive jury trial and bench trial experience. I have represented clients in matters ranging from personal injury litigation, automobile collision litigation, medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability, dram shop, railroad litigation, real estate, replevin, wills, estates, traffic, DUI, misdemeanors, family law, domestic violence, juvenile abuse and neglect, mortgage foreclosure, collection and landlord-tenant,” Moore said.

Moore received his undergraduate degree from Butler University and his law degree from Indiana Law-Indianapolis.

In 1983, he joined a law practice that had been established by his father, Robert Moore, and has practiced in Champaign County ever since.

Divorced with two children in college, Moore said he has plans to work for a long time to come and if he’s not successful at landing this judgeship, would be willing to try again as other seated judges are at or nearing retirement age.

Moore has also served as a court-appointed guardian ad litem representing numerous disabled adults and children in adoption, guardianship, estate and chancery cases, as well as in divorce cases helping the court decide parenting time. Outside work, Moore likes to spend time with his children, garden, cook and ride his bicycle.

The primary is March 17, 2020. Candidates may file from Nov. 25 to Dec. 2.


Mary Schenk is a reporter covering police, courts and breaking news at The News-Gazette. Her email is, and you can follow her on Twitter (@schenk).

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