LAKE COUNTY — Although this year’s general election still is months away, a fourth attorney has announced their candidacy for 51st Circuit Court judge.

In addition to Lake County Prosecutor Craig Cooper, Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola and Ludington-based attorney Susan Sniegowsk announcing their candidacies, Ludington-based attorney David Glancy also announced his candidacy. The position will be opening up because current 51st Circuit Court Judge Richard I. Cooper will be retiring.

The 51st Circuit Court is one of 57 in the state and comprises of Lake and Mason counties. Generally, the circuit court handles civil cases with claims of more than $25,000, felony criminal cases and family law cases. The court also hears cases appealed from other courts.

Circuit court judges are elected to six-year terms. An Aug. 5 primary election will narrow the field down to two candidates, while a Nov. 4 general election will decide who becomes judge.

In an attempt to educate voters about the candidates running for 51st Circuit Court judge, the Lake County Star has provided background information to introduce the other three candidates. This week, Glancy will be introduced.

David Glancy

Glancy is co-owner and principal of Glancy Law Office, with his wife, Kathryn Glancy. He began his legal career in Mason County in 2005, and then opened his own practice in 2009. He has practiced primarily in Mason County and also in Lake, Manistee and Oceana counties, and has handled cases throughout the Circuit, District and Probate courts.

“Based on my experience from having a diverse practice handling all typesof criminal cases, family law and general and civil, that my experience – not only from my professional experience, but from a personal experience  – has prepared me to serve both Mason and Lake counties as a firm, fair, respectful judge,” Glancy said.

Glancy grew up in Fremont and attended Hope College, where he received his degree in political science and a minor in biochemistry. He received his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law in 2004. While at MSU, David was the managing editor of production for the Journal of Medicine and Law.

Glancy’s primary practice has been as a criminal defense attorney handling all misdemeanor and felony cases in the District and Circuit courts. As a defense attorney he has worked to defend his clients and protect their legal rights. He also has practiced in the Circuit Court - Family Division, where he has handled cases involving divorce, custody, parenting time issues, juvenile offense and neglect abuse cases.

Glancy believes his experience as a defense attorney sets him apart from the other candidates.

“Being a defense attorney, I have had different experiences,” Glancy said. “Also, having a general, private practice, I’ve handled a lot of the other cases as well, such as the civil cases and the family law cases that will be in front of the circuit court judge.

“I think that I’ve got the experience necessary and also will be a fair and impartial judge. I wont be pro-prosecution, pro-defense, I will be pro-law.”

While at Hope College, David was a member of the Hope Men’s Swim Team. He continued his involvement in the sport, as coach of the Ludington swim teams for the past nine years – first as coach for the recreational and junior high teams, and as head varsity coach for the past four seasons.

Glancy and his wife, Kathryn, have lived in Mason County for 10 years. They married in 2006 and have two young children, Finnegan and Iris.