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Community members, including local judges and attorneys, attend Monday's candidates forum for the fifth judge seat in the Ottawa County Circuit Court.

WEST OLIVE — The two candidates running for an open judge seat in Ottawa County were featured in a public forum earlier this week to introduce themselves to the community.

Paul Kraus and Mercedes Watts are both vying for the nonpartisan Family Law judge seat that was just added to the Ottawa County 20th Circuit Court.

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Paul Kraus, a prosecuting attorney for Ottawa County, speaks to citizens at Monday’s candidates forum.

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Mercedes Watts, currently a public defender for Ottawa County, reads her opening statement as one of the candidates for Family Law judge.

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