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McNeely withdraws election bid for Circuit Court judge

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

Attorney Mark McNeely has announced he is withdrawing as a candidate for judge of the Shelby Circuit Court.

McNeely announced he was running for the office in early June. He was recruited to run by the Shelby County Democratic Party after the formal deadline for candidates to file for the election had passed.

An attorney in Shelbyville for 40 years, McNeely said he learned last week that the last date by which he could withdraw was July 16.

“There’s not enough time to wrap up my cases; two really important cases I have,” he said.

McNeely, who previously ran for office as a candidate for the Shelbyville Common Council in 2004, said his family and clients have to take priority over political ambitions.

He thanked party leaders and others who supported his candidacy.

The deadline for political parties to appoint candidates to run in the Nov. 6 general election has passed. 

McNeely’s withdrawal leaves only Republican Trent Meltzer, currently the city attorney for Shelbyville, in the race for Circuit Court judge.

In the primary election on May 8, Meltzer defeated five other GOP candidates to secure the party’s nomination.