Caryn VanderHeuvel:

Common Sense With Compassion

Choosing Our Judge is Important

It is important that St. Clair County residents have the opportunity to elect a judge of their choosing. Caryn VanderHeuvel believes she is the right person to serve as 72nd District Judge.

Caryn VanderHeuvel will bring “Common Sense With Compassion” to the bench.

Since 2010, she has served as a Friend of Court Attorney Referee and has served as witness to the many ways children, individuals and families are impacted by a wide range of issues that end up at the St. Clair County courthouse.

Through her work, she has helped families reach amicable agreements for child support and custody cases. She has also helped them work through issues that have been difficult to resolve.

“What I have done for the past nine years is make decisions for families and that’s what a judge does,” she said. “Becoming a District Court Judge is another opportunity to use that skill set.

“A lot of issues we see in Friend of Court are issues that come up in District Court. They are issues that are affecting families in St. Clair County.”

Time and again, she has watched as drug abuse, substance abuse, domestic violence, and landlord/tenant issues have arisen in the lives of citizens and then affected their custody and parenting
time, or their financial situations. Those issues are commonly handled in the District Court.

Prior to serving with Friend of Court, VanderHeuvel worked for 11 years as a research attorney and law clerk for the Hon. Peter Deegan in St. Clair County 31st Circuit Court.  In that role, she reviewed legal briefs, researched case law and wrote opinions for the court to review.

“Based on my career and experiences, I have a comprehensive understanding of courtroom proceedings in District, Circuit and Probate court, and have developed the demeanor to provide county residents with a fair, efficient and effective court.”

Outside of work, VanderHeuvel is a wife and mother of five. She has been an active volunteer in the community. A lifelong runner, she has competed in four marathons, 20 half marathons, and countless 10 and 5K runs.

Please join us in supporting Caryn VanderHeuvel’s campaign.