ELKHART — A local deputy prosecutor announced he plans to run for one of four open county judge positions in the 2014 primary elections.
Elkhart County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David L. Francisco announced Thursday, Jan. 9, he will seek the Republican nomination for judge of the Elkhart Superior Court 3.
The announcement comes after Judge George Biddlecome said he will not seek re-election.
“I’ve had the honor of trying several cases before Judge Biddlecome.” Francisco said in a statement. “His retirement (from the position) is a great loss to the judiciary both of our county and our state.”
The Superior Court 3 criminal docket includes major drug felonies, criminal confinement and child-victim crimes in addition to civil matters.
Francisco has worked as deputy prosecuting attorney since 2005. He was assigned to the Elkhart Circuit Court, where he currently prosecutes drug delivery and manufacturing, robbery, home invasion, attempted murder, and murder cases, as well as post conviction relief proceedings.
“I have been fortunate to have had cases before all of Elkhart County’s judges and have learned a great deal from them,” he said. “I am ready to serve the citizens of Elkhart County in a greater capacity. If given this opportunity, I will be respectful of every litigant and attorney and will work tirelessly to run a fair and efficient Court.”
Francisco graduated with honors from the Maurer School of Law in Bloomington in 2005. While in law school, he interned at the State of Indiana Attorney General’s Office.
Francisco has taught trial advocacy and mock trial at the Notre Dame School of Law and John Adams High School.
Francisco is a member of the Elkhart Kiwanis Club. He is married to Thao Nguyen, whom he met in law school.
Other county judge positions that will appear on the 2014 primary elections ballots are those for judge of Superior Courts 1, 4 and 5.