- Trout to face Pell in general election
Joseph D. Trout has announced his filing as a candidate for the office of Judge of the Clay Circuit Court. He will be unopposed in the primary election, but will be opposed by Judge Robert A. Pell in the November general election.
Joe is a 1974 graduate from Staunton High School and a 1979 graduate of Indiana State University, where he received a degree in Business Administration. While at Indiana State University, Joe participated in athletics and lettered in baseball. In 1983 he obtained his law degree from Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis where he graduated in the top third of his class. While attending law school, he was employed as a Law Clerk here in Brazil for the former Gov. George N. Craig.
Joe is licensed to practice law in all Indiana State Courts as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He has been in the private practice of law for 23 years and for the past 13 years has been a partner in the law firm of Wagner, Crawford, Gambill and Trout. He served in the Vigo County Prosecutor's Office from 1984 to 1989 as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney under Eric Abel and then the Honorable Philip Adler. He represented the State of Indiana in Terre Haute City Court, Vigo County Court, and then as Felony Trial Deputy Prosecutor in the Vigo Superior Courts.
Joe has extensive ties to Clay County, having lived 42 of his 50 years in this county, and growing up on the Casassa Dairy Farm, his family's business.
Joe is currently the Brazil City Attorney, having been appointed to that position in January, 2004. His professional affiliations include the Indiana Bar Association, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association.
Joe and his family are members of the First Presbyterian Church in Brazil. He is an active member of the Clay Youth Baseball League and is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge No. 762. Joe and his wife, Nancy, have three children, Josh, Katie and Tyler.
Nancy teaches at Kennedy Crossing Pre-school.
Joe expressed his qualifications for the office: "Professionally, I am very much interested in the office of Clay Circuit Court Judge. I have personally had cases in at least 19 counties in Indiana, and appeared before many different judges. This has given me the unique opportunity to evaluate what works and what doesn't work in managing the Court's caseload. If elected, it would be me intent to utilize my knowledge of trial procedure, my knowledge of the law, and mix in some common sense to arrive at fair and just decisions. People deserve that."