Elect a Judge with Courage and Experience

The Jefferson County Circuit Court has a Judge with experience. Judge Petelos is committed to strictly interpreting the law and has shown courage and principles in her job for the last 18 years. While handling thousands of cases from shoplifting to robbery, murder, drug trafficking and child abuse, she has seen how violence and drugs affect the lives of the victims and their families. Seeing these cases day in and day out has given her the knowledge, experience and perspective that we need to keep on the Circuit Court.

  • Judge Petelos has treated all parties in her court in a respectful and fair manner.
  • Serves as Presiding Judge in the Bessemer Division of Jefferson County
  • Judge Petelos has handled thousands of criminal cases.
  • Judge Petelos insists the laws of Alabama be applied fairly and consistently.
  • Judge Petelos upholds the laws of the State of Alabama and protect the rights of citizens.
  • Elected to Circuit Court in Jefferson County in 1994, re-elected in 2000 and 2006
  • Graduate, UAB
  • Graduate, Birmingham School of Law


Teresa has been married to Tony Petelos for 29 years. Tony is the former Mayor of the City of Hoover, a former member of the Alabama House of Representatives and a former Commissioner for the Alabama Department of Human Resources. Tony and Teresa have two daughters, Angela and Stephanie. The Petelos’ are active in their church, Holy Trinity Holy Cross Cathedral in Birmingham.


Teresa Bearden Petelos is proud of her work in the Republican party. She served as Chairman of the Greater Birmingham Young Republicans in the 1980s. She has been a member of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women as well as a member on the Jefferson County Executive Committee and the State Republican Executive Committee.

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