Wilbrandt, R-Woodstock, was promoted from associate judge to fill McIntyre’s vacancy and announced his intention to keep his seat in June.
“I think that in this type of a race, experience counts,” Wilbrandt said. “It is a policy position for the courts, and you need experience as a judge.”
Wilbrandt has served as a judge in McHenry County for more than 11 years and taught at McHenry County College for more than 25 years as an instructor of business, law and history.
He began his career as an intern in the McHenry County Public Defender’s Office, where he eventually became chief public defender.
He later moved to private practice and became a local prosecutor for the village of Fox River Grove before working as an advocate training attorney and legal adviser for McHenry County’s domestic violence agency, Turning Point.
He was appointed associate judge for McHenry County in 2006.