Two people have announced their candidacies for 51st Circuit Court Judge. Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola and Lake County Prosecutor Craig Cooper made the announcement today and are now in the run for the judge's seat against former Mason County Prosecutor Susan Sniegowski. Current Circuit Court Judge, Richard Cooper, will retire by the end of the year, after serving as judge for 35. Spaniola has been the county's prosecutor since 2009 and feels being a judge would be an "extension" of his current position. Craig Cooper has been the prosecutor for Lake County since 2012 and hopes to take his father's place as judge.