Hamilton County Superior Court 1 Judge Steven B. Nation will not seek reelection to a fifth term.
For the first time in 40 years, Nation’s name will not be on a Hamilton County election ballot.
Nation was elected to the bench and took office in 1995, and is now completing his 24th year, or fourth term as judge.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Hamilton County. I am grateful to God and the people of Hamilton County for permitting me to serve them all these years,” Nation said. “I have been blessed to work with many wonderful elected officials and people from the various communities in Hamilton County. Hamilton County is the best place in the state to live because we have such caring people who live and serve here. I hope that my service has protected the citizens and has helped make Hamilton County and the State of Indiana a safer and better place to live.”
Prior to taking the bench, Nation served as a Hamilton County Deputy Prosecutor for two years and, in 1979, was elected prosecutor. He served four terms as prosecutor.
Approximately 3,000 cases are heard annually in Hamilton Superior Court 1.
In addition to his time on the bench, Nation has participated in:
• Noblesville Elementary Football League as a coach and on the executive board of directors.
• Served as chairman of the funding drive for United Way, board of directors of the Hamilton County Red Cross.
• Served on board of directors of the Noblesville Boys and Girls Club.
• Helped create Prevail, the Hamilton County Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs, Hamilton County Traffic Safety Task Force, and the Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program.
Nation said he wants to continue working with schools and various communities to expand the Youth Assistance Program statewide.
YAP is designed to bring together schools, businesses, faith-based organizations, and the community to help at-risk students stay in school and out of the juvenile justice system. The program uses volunteers who provide tutoring, mentoring, and a coordination of services to at-risk children and their families.
Nation was recently honored as Person of the Year for his efforts with youth.
National also is active in, and hopes to continue to serve the community by helping to create a mentors group for inmates in the Hamilton County Jail Tom Burton Recovery Center.
The center assists individuals with drug and/or mental health issues as an alternative to incarceration.