DALEVILLE, Ala (WDHN) — Dale and Geneva County presiding Judge William “Bill” Filmore has announced he will be campaigning for a new state position.

Filmore announced his campaign for Alabama’s Court of Criminal Appeals, Place No. 2 on Thursday, January 26.

After being elected in 2012, Filmore has served as the Presiding Judge of the Thirty-Third Judicial Circuit.

Filmore spent eight years as Chief Assistant District Attorney for the Thirty-Third Circuit, and prior to that, he was an attorney in private practice in Ozark.

Altogether, Filmore has almost forty years of experience serving as a local judge.

I have a strong conservative record as a prosecutor, a District Judge and a Circuit Judge. My experience on the bench at the trial level will give me a leg up when it comes to hearing the appeals of criminal cases. I don’t need any on the job training – I will be ready from day one to help protect Alabamians from criminal activity and those in our society who inflict harm on others.

Judge William Filmore

A seat on the Court of Criminal Appeals is a statewide position and serves a 6-year term.

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place No. 2, which is currently held by Judge Chris McCool, will be open in the 2024 campaign cycle. McCool announced he will seek a seat on the Alabama Supreme Court.

Filmore is a member of the Alabama Association of Circuit Judges Executive Committee and has served as Treasurer, Secretary of the Alabama Circuit Judges’ Scholarship Fund, and a Member of the Alabama Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Criminal Procedure.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Troy University. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law and holds a Master of Law in Taxation.