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Allen County Circuit judge steps down to run for 3rd District

Screenshot of Allen County Circuit Court

Allen County Circuit Judge Wendy Davis is stepping down from the bench to run for the open Third District congressional seat.

The Republican announced her intention Tuesday in an interview with WANE-TV, and told the television station that she was dealing with problems on the bench directly related to “Joe Biden in the White House.”

Davis was first elected to the Allen County Superior Court bench in 2011, defeating Ken Scheibenberger {SHY-ben-burger}. She took the bench in Allen County Circuit Court, taking the seat of Judge Tom Felts who retired in 2020.

Prior to work as a judge, Davis served as a part-time deputy prosecutor for the Allen County Prosecutor’s office and was a partner at the firm of Beckman Lawson.

She is a graduate of Wheaton College and obtained her law degree from Valparaiso University.

The third district seat will be open in 2024 as current Representative Jim Banks, a Republican, announced his candidacy to replace Republican U.S. Senator Mike Braun.

So far, the race for the third district seat has drawn a number of Republican candidates, including State Senator Andy Zay of Huntington, Michael Felker and Chandler Likes.

Rebecca manages the news at WBOI. She joined the staff in December 2017, and brought with her nearly two decades of experience in print journalism, including 15 years as an award-winning reporter for the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne.