Jackson announces plan to run for presiding circuit judge in Tenth Judicial Circuit

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HANNIBAL, Mo. — John Jackson of Hannibal announced Tuesday he will be running for presiding circuit judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Missouri in 2024. The Tenth Judicial Circuit covers Marion, Monroe and Ralls counties. 

Rachel Bringer Shepherd announced last month that she will not seek re-election. She has held the position since 2010.

After graduating with a bachelor of arts in history, Jackson went on to attain a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He began his career at the law firm of Rendlen, Rendlen, Ahrens, Browne and Rendlen. He was elected prosecuting attorney of Marion County in 1990 and re-elected in 1994. Jackson was appointed as the Marion County associate circuit and probate judge in 1996. He ran a successful contested race for the same position in 1998. He has been re-elected every four years since.

“I am proud and excited to announce my candidacy for Tenth Judicial Circuit Judge,” Jackson said in a press release. “Strong, experienced leadership is critical during these difficult times. I have enjoyed serving the people of Marion County and look forward to continuing my service.

“I have devoted myself to helping people resolve their legal issues. I have spent substantial time in the courtrooms of our circuit and understand the importance of having a presiding judge who will fairly and impartially render decisions while thinking critically and interpreting and applying the law justly. I will continue my dedicated, hard-working service this office requires while preserving a focus on prompt and fair resolutions in all legal matters.”

Jackson and his wife Debbie, have three adult children.

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