Hauswirth seeking district/probate court judgeship. 

April 18, 2018

Jonathon Hauswirth

Hauswirth seeking district/probate court judgeship. 

MANISTEE — Jonathon Hauswirth, Manistee County’s chief assistant prosecuting attorney, announced this week that he will seek the position of judge of 85th District Court and Manistee County Probate Court.

Hauswirth is a U.S. Army combat veteran, Upper Peninsula native, and career jurist. He stated that he is running for judge because of: “An ongoing overload of pending cases; a desire to issue sentences that ‘fit the crime;’ and the opportunity to explore development of a sobriety court.

“Our county has no sobriety court, unlike many counties in Michigan,” he said. “These courts are tailored to address the problems alcohol and drug abuse present in the criminal justice system. It’s time options are considered for its creation, and if possible, implemented.”

The 39-year old attorney has served in the county prosecutor’s office for the past five years. Over that time, he has tried some 30 jury cases, winning all but two.

Hauswirth said he will not be seeking financial contributions for his campaign.

“This is a judicial election and I want to avoid any perception that someone can influence a decision I may make as a judge by donating to my campaign,” he said.

Hauswirth was raised in the Upper Peninsula where his father was a career officer with the Michigan Department of Corrections, and his mother was a teacher’s aide for at-risk students.

In 2001 he enlisted in the Army, a month before Sept. 11, becoming the third generation of Hauswirths to serve in that branch.

Three tours of overseas duty found him in Iraq for two of those deployments, and one in Kuwait. He served as a machine gunner and Bradley Fighting Vehicle gunner in an infantry unit, while also spending time on temporary duty as a CID (Criminal Investigation Division) investigator.

Following an honorable discharge and several military commendations, he earned an undergraduate degree at Northern Michigan University in 2008, and then a law degree tom Cooley Law School, Lansing, in 2011.

Passing the Michigan Bar Exam on his first attempt, he worked for a private law firm in Houghton before becoming an assistant prosecutor in Manistee County in 2012.

He and his wife, Coreen, a registered nurse, have two school age sons.

Hauswirth currently serves as co-chairperson of the Manistee Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Response Team, a group he co-founded over two years ago to improve services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and provide education to students, teachers, law enforcement, and community members on how to prevent these crimes. He has also coached one of his son’s basketball teams and was recently recognized by Centra Wellness Network, formerly Community Mental Health, for his efforts in serving those in our community with mental illness.

The position will be on the November 6 General Election ballot.