In an email sent to The Ann Arbor Chronicle, city attorney Stephen Postema stated that he has not yet decided whether to seek the judgeship that will be open on Michigan’s 22nd Circuit Court when Melinda Morris leaves the bench. Her term ends in January 2013 and she will be retiring.
From Postema’s statement: “Finally, as to my future plans … [m]any persons have asked whether I will seek this position you mentioned or suggested that I run, but, for your information, I have made no decision on this.”
Terms for circuit court judges are six years. They’re chosen in non-partisan elections. Eligibility includes residing in the judicial circuit, being licensed to practice law for at least five years, and being younger than 70.
The circuit court is the civil/criminal division of the Washtenaw County Trial Court, and has original jurisdiction in civil cases involving more than $25,000, and in criminal cases involving a felony or certain serious misdemeanors.
Postema’s apparent consideration of the possibility to seek elected office next year reflects an evolution in his perspective over the last seven years on the job as Ann Arbor’s city attorney. Based on an interview with Postema, Ann Arbor News reporter Tom Gantert wrote in a Feb. 24, 2004 article: “Postema insists he has no political ambitions and gives credit to his staff of eight full- and part-time assistant city attorneys. ‘I want this city to be a top-notch legal firm,’ he said.”