Village President Jeff Braiman hopes to exchange his municipal gavel for a judicial one as he begins his pursuit of a position as a Lake County Circuit Court judge.
Braiman said he decided over the weekend to run for the position in the third subcircuit of the 19th Judicial Circuit. That judge presides over cases in the Lake County side of Buffalo Grove as well as Mundelein, Long Grove and Vernon Hills.
An attorney, Braiman said a judgeship has “always been at the back of my mind.” With two seats up for election, he decided this is a good time to pursue that goal.
“The only thing causing me second thoughts was that I’d have to step down as village president,” he said.
While he’s enjoying serving Buffalo Grove, where he has been on the Village Board since 1991, “I’m not a professional politician,” he said. “I do the things I do for the village because I’m giving back to the community. But this (judicial role) is part of my profession.”
Braiman said his 34 years as an attorney have given him experience in criminal and civil cases, as well as family law cases such as divorces and adoptions.
“I think it’s important for judges to have a well-rounded experience in the law,” he said.
Braiman will first have to be elected in the Democratic primary in March for his name to be included on the general election ballot in November 2012. He would be required to step down from his role as village president if elected next year. He would also have to close his law practice and devote his full attention on judicial cases.
Braiman said his first order of business is to obtain the 500 signatures he needs to officially join the primary race. .
In the event that Braiman steps down, the village’s leadership role would be transferred temporarily to Trustee Jeff Berman, who serves as president pro tem. The remaining two years of Braiman’s term would be placed on the 2013 election ballot.