Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 26
Date of birth: July 19, 1961; age 54
Political experience: Member, Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee; ran for Circuit Judge, Place 3, 2014; member, Jefferson County Citizens Coalition; member, Jefferson County Democratic Conference; member, Jefferson County Progressive Democratic Council; vice president, Jefferson County chapter of the New South Coalition.
Professional experience: Criminal defense attorney, 15 years; prosecutor for Midfield, 5 years; appointed special circuit court and district court judge in Jefferson County.
Civic experience: Past member, Jefferson County Indigent Defense Board; member M.W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F&AM of Alabama and Kiwanis Club of Vulcan.
Education: Birmingham School of Law, juris doctorate, 2000; Alabama A&M University, M.B.A., 1996; Alabama A&M University, bachelor’s in computer science/math, 1985; Selma University, associate’s, 1981.
Top contributors: Self, loan, $18,599.68; Bruce L. Gordon, $500; Bobby L. Davis, $500; M. Wayne Wheeler, $500. *This information has been corrected from the original version.
Qualifications: Wess said that in his 15-year legal career, he has represented clients in civil, probate and criminal matters and has handled thousands of cases at the trial and appellate levels in federal, state and municipal courts. His primary area of practice is criminal law, and he has represented more than 24 clients in capital murder cases. Wess has served as a special sitting judge in Jefferson County courts and Midfield city courts and has worked as a prosecutor for Midfield.