Busch announces showdown with Meade for Circuit Court

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – The judging carousel continues to turn in Tippecanoe County. Another current judge announced he will run for a spot on a different bench in the fall.

Current Superior II Judge Thomas Busch (D) plans to run for Circuit Court in November. He told News 18 that his opponent in that race is a primary reason, current Superior V Judge Les Meade (R).

If someone else would have won the Republican primary, Busch may not have decided to run.

“I probably wouldn’t,” he said.

Busch declined to say anything more related to Meade, who beat Earl McCoy in the Republican primary last week.

Busch says he was urged to run and not retire by a number of people. When no other Democrat decided to run for Circuit Court Judge, he decided he would rather keep working than retire.

Busch was appointed to Superior II by former Gov. Frank O’Bannon in February 2002 when Judge George Heid passed away, then was re-elected to Superior II as a Democrat that fall and again in 2008.

“I plan to run on the same platform that I’ve run on twice before. A good judge should be fair, efficient, thorough and respectful to everyone who comes into the courtroom. I think that I now have 12 years experience and people can measure me against those goals,” said Busch.

Busch said Circuit Court has a similar jurisdiction as Superior II, but adds adoptions, estates and other probate cases to the docket.

County Democratic Party Chairwoman Heather Maddox told News 18 she’s thrilled Busch is planning to run and will bring energy to the party’s ticket in November.

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