Jefferson County, Indiana’s Chief Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Mote has announced that he is running for Jefferson Circuit Court Judge.
He will run in the November 2018 election as a Republican opposing Democrat Judge Darrell Auxier, who has served as the Circuit Court’s Judge since 2013 and was previously a lawyer.
Mote has served Jefferson County as Chief Deputy Prosecutor since 2007.
According to a press release, Mote mentions that “My wife Katie and I chose to move to this community and to raise our children here. I’ve worked very hard over the last decade to improve public safety. Accountability and fairness will be cornerstones of my court if I am elected.”
Mote is a 1998 graduate of IU McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.
He and his wife are the parents of two children, Hunter, age 10 and James, age 5.
Mote has tried nearly 80 jury trials and handled thousands of cases in the span of his 20 year legal career.
In addition to criminal, civil, juvenile, and probate dockets, the Circuit Court Judge also supervises the Probation department.
Mote adds that the “Circuit court plays a critical role in so much of what is going on in our communities. I will work hard for the people of Jefferson County to uphold the laws in a fair and impartial manner.”
Below is a news piece from 2016 where we interviewed Mote from the prosecutor’s office about a local crime.