Andrew M. Hicks, 37, of Elkhart, has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Judge of Elkhart County Superior Court No. 3 for the primary election on May 6.
The position is currently occupied by the Honorable George W. Biddlecome, who announced on Jan. 8 that he would not seek re-election for a fourth term. Hicks is a partner with the law firm of Warrick & Boyn LLP, and has spent his entire career representing Elkhart County residents, businesses, and schools.
“Superior Court No. 3 is a court of general jurisdiction,” says Hicks. “It handles all types of civil cases. Criminally, its focus is on child victim cases, except those involving murder, controlled substance sale and possession cases, and kidnapping and confinement cases.”
Hicks says that having more than a decade of experience representing local schools, assisting local non-profits on a pro bono basis in abuse cases, and working hands-on as a board member with many local non-profits groups, has raised his focus on improving the lives of Elkhart County youth.
“I am in a unique position to not only have the ability to understand the complexities of the criminal case docket in Superior Court No. 3, but I also have the civil background necessary for the court’s civil docket,” Hicks said.
A 2002 graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, Hicks was a member of the university’s Barristers team. He was also the 2001-02 recipient of the Barrett Award for excellence in trial advocacy. During law school, he worked for the United States Federal Defenders in Chicago. In 2002, he began practicing law in Elkhart, joining the law firm of Warrick & Boyn, LLP in 2007. He is licensed to practice in Indiana and Michigan.
“My wife, Sara, and I made a commitment to the community when we moved to Elkhart after my law school graduation,” said Hicks.
“Serving as Judge of Elkhart Superior Court No. 3 would provide me with the opportunity to provide further service to Elkhart County. It is the place we have called home and where we have raised our four daughters for the past 12 years,” He said.
Hicks has served and supported many Elkhart County non-profits including Loveway, Inc., where he served as board president, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County, Inc., serving as board president in 2013, Concord Dollars for Scholars, Church Community Services, the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, and CAPS. He also assisted with the formation and coaching of an Elkhart Memorial mock trial team that qualified for state finals in 2005.
Hicks has additionally served as treasurer of the Elkhart City Bar Association and is an Indiana Bar Association Delegate for the Elkhart City Bar Association., and he is a member of the Concord Rotary Club.
“Judge Biddlecome has served with honor and distinction and will continue to do so until his term expires. He and his wife have made a huge difference in our community,” said Hicks.
“A great deal of their positive impact never makes the public eye. It would be an honor to have the opportunity to continue to build on his work.”
Other new filings include:
• Nicole P. Gonzalez, Elkhart, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the Baugo Township Board.
• Mary Davis, Elkhart, who is seeking a Republican nomination for the Cleveland Township Board.
• Richard Davis, Elkhart, who is seeking a Republican nomination for the Cleveland Township Board.
• Paul H. Maurer, Elkhart, who is seeking a Republican nomination for the Concord Township Board.
• James L. Newton, Bristol, who is seeking a Republican nomination for the Oslo Township Board.
• Mark H. BeMiller, Wakarusa, who is seeking a Republican nomination for the Wakarusa Town Council.
• Mary Davis, Elkhart, who is running for Republican State Convention Delegate in District 2.
• Robby Balogh, Nappanee, who is running for Republican State Convention Delegate in District 4