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Tourism Board president seeks to be top Porter County judge

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Valparaiso resident Mitch Peters has announced his intention to seek the Democrat nomination for Porter County Circuit Court Judge in the 2020 election.

Peters released the following statement this week:

“As a lawyer for the last 35 years, I have become increasingly aware of the needs of people and the issues we face in a complex society. As criminal lawyer and public defender, I have realized that in excess of 90 percent of the crime is related to substance abuse, to the point where the system and community is at times overwhelmed. This is an increasingly expensive and heartbreaking burden on our community, and we need to continue to seek solutions which will alleviate the cost to our community and provide resolution. The fact that Circuit Court oversees the Juvenile Court and the Juvenile Drug Court provides the opportunity to address these issues at an age where substantial and lasting change can make a difference in the lives of our children and the future of our community.

“As a long time civil trial attorney, I have extensive civil experience which will enable me to effectively address those aspects of the Court’s responsibilities as well. Over the course of my career as an attorney within this community, I have developed the understanding, skills and temperament which have prepared me for this opportunity. I look forward to serving the citizens of Porter County.”

“If I can achieve even a portion of the good for the community that Judge Harper accomplished during her tenure then I would be blessed to follow her legacy. Both Judge Harper and the community should be proud of her achievements over the course of her life’s work.”

Peters moved to Valparaiso to attend Valparaiso University in 1976 following his active duty in the U.S. Navy, earning and a Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1984. Peters has lived in Porter County almost continuously since that time and currently is a sole practitioner with an office in Valparaiso. Peters has served on numerous boards and committees, both governmental and not-for-profit, and in 2009 Peters co-founded the not-for-profit Respite House, a half-way house for treatment of men with substance abuse issues, and is currently pursuing the completion of a second facility.

Peters is serving his eighth year as president of the Indiana Dunes Tourism Board of Directors and is currently vice-president of the Valparaiso Center Township Joint Park Board of Directors and a monitor/mentor in the Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program through the State of Indiana. Peters is also president of the Board of Directors of Respite House and on the advisory board of Recovery Connection. Peters previously served on the Porter County Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals and as long-time president of Deep River Bowmen and is a member of the American Legion and Living Hope Community Church in Valparaiso.



Posted 5/21/2019






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