Joseph “Joe” Purschke has announced he will be running as a Republican candidate for Franklin County associate circuit judge.

Purschke would like to succeed David B. Tobben, who has announced that he will retire at the end of 2018. Tobben has served as the juvenile and probate judge since January 2007.

“I have had the privilege of living and practicing in my hometown for my entire career,” Purschke said. “While many of my peers felt a desire to move away after high school, I looked forward to finishing my education and coming home.”

Walter Murray Jr. is serving as chairman of Purschke’s campaign committee and Steven Kuenzel and Steven Kuenzel Jr. are serving as co-treasurers.

Purschke graduated from Union High School in 1993 with honors. He received his Associate of Arts from East Central College in 1995. Purschke graduated cum laude from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and criminal justice. Purschke then earned his juris doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Purschke’s law practice includes civil and criminal cases in the areas of divorce, child custody, criminal defense, DWI, adoption, mediation and extensive experience representing children as a guardian. Purschke also serves as municipal prosecutor for Franklin County, county counselor for Warren County and as the city of Gerald municipal prosecutor. Purschke also served as municipal judge for the cities of Rosebud, Leasburg and West Sullivan.

“I believe my education, personal experience and community involvement make me uniquely qualified to serve Franklin County as judge.”

Purschke serves as chairman of the Union Fire Protection District, Osage District Chairman of the Boy Scouts and President of the Board of All Abilities Athletics, a not for profit organization committed to building skills, self-confidence and friendship through sports for children with special needs. Purschke is also a member of the Board of Directors of the United Bank of Union, the Union Lions Club, the Union Area Chamber of Commerce, Immaculate Conception Parish in Union, and serves on the ECC Foundation Board.

Purschke has been awarded the 2010 Outstanding Young Man Award from the Union Chamber of Commerce, ECC’s Outstanding Alumni in 2013, and Missouri Junior College Alumni of the Year in 2013. Previous winners of the state award include Albert Pujols and David Freese.

In addition to Walter Murray Jr. and the Kuenzels, Purschke’s campaign includes subcommittees throughout the county.

“The overwhelming support from family, friends, and colleagues truly humbles me,” Purschke said. “I am fortunate to have such a devoted network of volunteers ready for 2018.”

Purschke lives with his wife, Julie, and three children, Natasha, Max and Cooper, in Union.