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Luke Thomas officially announces his candidacy

Contact: Manager-Gwendolyn\


Committee to Elect Luke Thomas


Phone: 217-323-2211

P.O. Box 170

Beardstown, IL 62618


Committee to Elect Luke Thomas

Press Release

Luke Thomas to Run for Resident Cass County Judge

For Immediate Release

Cass County, IL, October 11, 2017:  

Local Attorney Luke A. Thomas has announced his intentions to solicit signatures on petitions for candidate of the Resident position of Cass County Judge.  The position, as announced in last week’s paper, will be vacated next year by retiring Judge Bob G. Hardwick.  Thomas is the Senior Partner of the law firm of McClure, Thomas and Thomas.

 Thomas graduated from the University of Illinois with an Economics Degree in 1999.  He was accepted into the School of Law and subsequently graduated with his law degree from Southern Illinois University in 2002.  He joined the local law firm of McClure, McClure and Brannan in 2003 and has risen to the position of Senior Partner.  Looking back, Thomas said, “I was fortunate to start and develop my practice with the assistance of three highly experienced and ethical attorneys; Milt McClure, George McClure and Tom Brannan.  This experience not only taught me how to practice law in our Circuit, but also afforded me many professional opportunities that perhaps would be unavailable to a young, sole practitioner.”

Thomas is handling his 17th appeal before the Illinois Appellate Court, and has personally argued 13 of those appeals.  Additionally, he has filed 2 petitions for leave to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.  According to Thomas, “my depth of exposure to various circuits, and especially our Circuit, has also shown me some of the key attributes of an excellent judge.  Our Circuit has a long history of excellence on the bench with Judges Reither, Welch and now Hardwick.  They have exemplified the values of patience, knowledge and impartiality.”  In reference to Judge Hardwick’s retirement, Thomas said, “Judge Hardwick has served the people of Cass County well.  While his retirement is much deserved, it will be a sad day for the County.  I would lead by his example.”

Thomas acknowledges that, “just as clients rely on the assistance of their attorney, I understand our fellow citizens rely on our judiciary to competently apply the law and administer justice.  I am acutely aware of the importance our judiciary plays in our system of governance, both locally and nationally.”

Married to the former Gwendolyn Osmer, the other partner in the law firm, they have 4 children and currently reside in Ashland.  Luke and Gwen met when both began practice with the law firm.  Gwen is a graduate of Beardstown High School and SIU School of Law.  She is the daughter of David and Georgeanne Osmer.  David was Sheriff of Cass County for 23 years and, according to Gwen, “the practice of law and law enforcement has been embedded into her life”.  When asked if she had considered running for the Circuit Judge position, she replied that “Luke has more experience and I believe the citizens of Cass County deserve the best candidate.”  If Thomas is elected, Gwen intends to continue practicing law.  McClure, Thomas and Thomas have offices in both Beardstown and Virginia.

During his 15 years of practicing law, Thomas has successfully achieved the position of Senior Partner in the County’s oldest firm, tracing its origins back to 1883.   He said, “My professional successes are the result of significant assistance from family, support staff, other attorneys, and guidance from the bench.”

Luke’s Firm has been awarded Beardstown Chamber Business of the Month multiple times.   Luke was named as one of the Top 40 Litigation Lawyers Under 40 in the State of Illinois in 2014.  He is a member of the Illinois Bar Association, National College of DUI Defense, Illinois Municipal League and numerous others.  He is a member of the Illinois legislative committee for the National Rifle Association and is a member of the Illinois State Rifle Association and National Association of Gun Rights.  Luke has been awarded 32nd Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.  Thomas has volunteered his services to the Ashland Youth Association, Wounded Warrior Project, Veteran of Foreign Wars Posts #1239 and #3546, American Legion Post #498, and multiple others.  Thomas stated, “Organizations that assist our Veterans are especially dear to me. The freedoms and rights we all enjoy do not originate from the written words of the law; they come from the toil and sacrifices of our Veterans and their families.”

 When not practicing law, Thomas is kept busy with family activities of baseball, softball and dance recitals. He is the son of the late Paul and Pat Thomas of Riverton, Illinois.  His father, Paul, was a union pipefitter with the Springfield Local 137.  Mother, Pat, was a stay-at-home mom, but worked part-time as a school cook to assist with education expenses.

 Thomas will be seeking the nomination on the Republican ballot in the Primary.  “I understand the election of the Resident Judge requires candidates to declare a political party, which I personally believe is a bit regretful,” he said.  “I think Democrat or Republican, people want the same thing – a fair, impartial judge who knows the law and will apply it justly.  I give the citizens of Cass County my word that if I am privileged enough to be elected, I will work with the utmost dedication and honor required of a position on the bench as Cass County’s Resident Circuit Judge.”

 The Primary Election will be held on March 20, 2018, followed by the General Election in November.

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