Justice Mark M. Boie announced his candidacy  on Tuesday morning for Justice of the Appellate Court, Fifth District in the November 2020 election. The announcement was made in front of the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. The candidate is standing at the podium, on the right. Justice Mark M. Boie

Boie announces candidacy for Justice of Appellate Court

I am running for this vacancy to make a long-term commitment to continue that service for the citizens of Southern Illinois.”

Justice Mark M. Boie announced his candidacy Tuesday morning for Justice of the Appellate Court, Fifth District in the November 2020 election. 

Boie announced his candidacy in front of the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. He is running as a Republican.

He was introduced by State Rep. Patrick Windhorst, R-Metropolis.

Boie seeks to serve as an elected Justice on the Appellate Court that encompasses the southern 37 counties of Illinois. 

The vacancy is created by the retirement of the Hon. Justice Melissa Ann Chapman, effective Oct. 1, 2019.

“Justice Chapman has served the people of Southern Illinois with honor and distinction since 2002 and I wish her all the best in her retirement” Boie stated. 

“I was very fortunate to serve the First Judicial Circuit and the public as the Resident Circuit Judge of Union County since 2000. 

“I have the honor and privilege to be assigned to the Appellate Court by Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier and the Illmois Supreme Court since May 1, 2019.

“I am running for this vacancy to make a long-term commitment to continue that service for the citizens of Southern Illinois.”

“I believe I bring a strong work ethic, common sense and over eighteen years of experience as a trial judge to the Appellate Court. 

“I believe that my extensive experience in all types of cases gives me a distinct advantage when reviewing the various appeals that are brought before the Appellate Court.” 

“I also believe that throughout my career on the trial court the attorneys and litigants that appeared before me left the courtroom, or received a written order, knowing that each side received a fair hearing,” Boie stated.

“And, impartiality and fairness to both sides of a case is what all litigants, attorneys and citizens want in their judges and justices. 

“I will continue to bring that impartiality and fairness, my extensive experience, my Southern Illinois values, along with my oath to support the laws and constitution of the State of Illinois and this great nation, the United States of America, to the Appellate Court. 

“Because of that, I truly believe I will have bipartisan support in my campaign.”

During his over 18 years as Circuit Judge, Boie handled thousands of criminal, civil, family and mental health cases. 

He is a member of the Special Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Justice and Mental Health Planning, and is co-chairman of its Compliance- Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code Subcommittee.

He is also a faculty member of the Judicial Education Conference and is a First Judicial Circuit Mentor for new judges.

The Gazette-Democrat

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