Kathleen Bartlett

Office:  District includes: Mahoning, Columbiana, Carroll, Jefferson, Harrison, Monroe, Noble, Belmont counties – Seventh District Court of Appeals

Age: 50

Residence: North Jackson, OH

Email: Kathleenjbartlett@gmail.com

Website: Facebook: Retain Judge Kathleen Bartlett for Judge of 7th District Court of Appeals; www.kathleenbartlettforjudge.com

Occupation: Judge of the Seventh District Court of Appeals

Education: Miami University, Ohio; Cleveland Marshall College of Law

Work Experience: Judge of 7th District Court of Appeals since 2018; Attorney since 1994; Common Pleas Magistrate since 2006; Mayor’s Court Magistrate since 1996

Family: Married to Alan Bartlett for over 22 years

Affiliations: Member Ohio State Bar Association, Columbiana County Bar Association.

Endorsements: Mahoning County Republican Party; Columbiana County Republican Party

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):

Judge of 7th District Court of Appeals since 2018; Common Pleas Magistrate from 2006-2018 Mayor’s Court Magistrate from 1996-2018

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?

I was in the private practice of law from 1994-2006. In 2006, I was appointed a full-time Magistrate in the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court. While in private practice, I represented clients in a wide range of legal areas, including, but not limited to: criminal, civil, domestic relations, bankruptcy, probate and juvenile law. I also practiced law In several counties included in the Court of Appeals district.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?

Judges make really hard, important decision every single day. And each of those decisions personally affect each litigant who appears before the court. A judges decision will literally change someone’s life. Therefore, it is so important that we elect the very best to these judicial positions. We need to elect judges who are honest and honorable, fair and impartial. We need to elect judges who have integrity and who are dedicated to the just administration of the law. I am mindful that every decision I have made, or will make, as a Judge or Magistrate has deeply impacted the parties who have appeared in front of me. I treat everyone in my court with respect. I dedicate sufficient time and resources to all of my judicial duties. The judicial experience that I gained at the trial court level has provided the necessary background for the appellate level. I am the only candidate who has actual Court of Appeals judicial experience.

Kelly McLaughlin

Office:  Summit County – Judge of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, General Division

Age: 56

Residence: Akron, OH

Email: McLaughlinforjudge@gmail.com

Website: Facebook: @McLaughlinforJudge

Occupation: Chief Magistrate at Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations

Education: The Ohio State University College of Law, graduated in 1987, Juris Doctorate; The Ohio State University, graduated with honors in 1984, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa,Designated Freshman Scholar, and President’s Scholarship Award. Mogadore High School, graduated 1980. Salutatorian, National Merit Scholar, and Distinguished Scholar Award from Kent State University.

Work Experience: 2017 to present Chief Magistrate Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division 2010 to 2017 Magistrate, Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division 1996 to 2010 Davidson, Bonetti, Dunseath and McLaughlin, Civil and Criminal Litigation 1988 to 1996 Tramonte, Kot, Davis and Lowry, Civil and Criminal Litigation Argued cases before the Ninth and Tenth District Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Ohio. Federal Court Practice.

Family: Single

Affiliations: Akron Summit Community Action, Inc., The American Legion Auxiliary, Child and Family Leadership Exchange, Leadership Akron, Buckeye Girls State, The YWCA ,The NAACP, The League of Women Voters , The Federated Democratic Women of Summit County, Member, St. John’s Episcopal Church

Endorsements: Tom Sawyer, former U.S. Congressman, State Senator, Akron Mayor; Margo Somerville, President Akron City Council; Marilyn Keith, Akron City Council; Russ Neal, Akron City Council; Shannon Wokojance, Barberton City Council; Drew Reilly, Cuyahoga Falls City Council; Robert McDowell, Mogadore Village Council; Liz Walters, Summit County Council; Mayor Michael Rick; Ginger Baylor, Akron School Board; Pastor Gregory Harrison; Pastor Daniela Williams; Pastor Louis Harris; UFCW Local 880.

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):

2017 to present Chief Magistrate Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division. 2010 to 2017 Magistrate, Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?

The breadth and depth of my non-judicial experience in litigation, mediation, and fair and impartial decision-making, have prepared me to successfully handle all aspects of being a common pleas court judge. I have been an attorney for a total of 30 years. For 23 years I was an attorney in private practice as a civil and criminal litigator. I litigated cases in the areas of personal injury, bankruptcy, consumer law, corporations, criminal law and defense, and workers compensation appeals. I have represented clients before the Ninth and Tenth District Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Ohio. I was admitted to, and represented clients before, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. As an attorney, I’ve handled virtually every type of case heard by a Common Pleas Court Judge.

As a mediator, I have hundreds of hours of experience mediating in our court system. Mediation skills are an important tool for a judge to use in her docket management. Mediation can bring about settlement of cases, providing the parties with a swift resolution of their controversies while conserving judicial resources. Through my work as a parenting coordinator, I dealt with some of the most difficult and litigious parties in the court system. That experience prepared me to effectively deal with challenging litigants from the bench. I am proud of my training and experience as a Guardian ad litem. For 18 years, I acted as a guardian for children in our court system. Being a Guardian ad litem taught me to neutrally, impartially and fairly evaluate evidence in the most heart-wrenching and difficult cases. These non-judicial experiences have made me well-qualified to effectively and efficiently discharge the responsibilities and challenges facing a common pleas court judge.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?

Given my unique combination of skills and experience, this is the most effective way for me to serve the citizens of Summit County. I was raised in a family where service to the community was not only valued, but required. My commitment to my community has never wavered. Summit County, like most counties in Ohio, is facing significant challenges. The court system has a part to play in meeting those challenges, and I want to be a part of the solution. Good judges help solve problems. I will be a good judge.

During my 7+ years at the Summit County Domestic Relations Court, I have heard and decided over 6500 cases. I am currently the Chief Magistrate, supervising 11 other magistrates. As Chief, I have a full hearing docket as well as administrative, personnel, and policy making duties. Judges have the same types of responsibilities. During my time on the bench, I’ve developed the reputation for making fair and timely decisions. I treat everyone with respect, but I don’t tolerate any nonsense. Judicial temperament like mine is a necessity for a judge. The person who wins this seat will take office as soon as the election results are certified. The voters deserve someone who is ready, able, and enthused about the challenges ahead. I am that person.

Ashley Kilbane

Office:  Cuyahoga County – Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, General Division

Age: 35

Residence: Rocky River, OH

Email: N/A

Website: Kilbane4Judge.com; Instagram: @ashleykilbaneforjudge; Facebook: @KilbaneForJudge

Occupation: Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor – Felony Division

Education: J.D. John Marshall Law School, Intellectual Certificate; B.A. Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Criminal Justice Certificate

Work Experience: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Prosecutor, 2013 – current; Litigation Associate, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, Cleveland, 2009-2013; Illinois Attorney General’s Office, 2008

Family: Married with Identical Twin Girls

Affiliations: Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center: trained and certified volunteer; Pro-Bono Attorney for City Club of Cleveland; West Shore Bar Association: Former Trustee, Former Treasurer; Ohio Women’s Bar Association- Member and Mentor; West Shore Mothers of Multiples, Member

Endorsements: The Plain Dealer http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/04/ashley_kilbane_for_cuyahoga_co.html

Bar Association Ratings: Highest-Rated in Race, See https://www.judge4yourself.com/judicial-candidate-ratings/

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):

N/A

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?

Criminal: I am an experienced trial attorney in this court and have handled over 2,000 criminal cases, including murder, rape, child victim and other sexual assault cases, economic crime and public corruption, burglary, robbery, drive-by shootings, felonious assault, domestic violence, drug trafficking and abuse, and theft. I am also experienced in practicing in specialized dockets such as mental health docket courtrooms.

Being in the court every day, I have the institutional knowledge of the day-to-day administration as well as all the programming offered through the court. Civil: litigation attorney with large Cleveland firm handling general litigation matters including but not limited to contract, real estate, intellectual property/trade secret, environmental, employment, bankruptcy and Fair Debt Collection cases. I also represented the government in several areas of law including civil rights, criminal appeals, labor and employment, tort, and guardianship cases.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I am running for Judge to change the way our community and our court responds to Domestic Violence. Domestic violence is the most frequent call for police service in Cuyahoga County. Violence in the home is extremely difficult to overcome and address in our courts because of the complex emotional, intimate and economic dependency issues that surround it. My goal is to start a specialized Domestic Violence Docket to put more resources to work for our families. I am uniquely qualified to accomplish this goal through my certification as a trained domestic violence volunteer, and as an experienced prosecutor handling domestic violence cases daily.

As an assistant county prosecutor, I prosecute some of the most violent crimes that plague our neighborhoods and understand the crime, drug, and gun issues facing our community. I know the difference between providing the tools necessary for non-violent offenders to become productive citizens and removing those who commit violent offenses.

As an experienced civil litigator in a large firm, and as someone who grew up in a small, family-run business, I know how important civil cases are to the vitality of our community. Litigation creates uncertainty in our local businesses, which in-turn stalls investment, growth, and job creation. I have the experience and the work ethic to diligently handle both the civil and criminal dockets. My background in both civil and criminal law has given me the necessary experience to be an effective judge in our community; my passion and commitment to both legal and social justice make me the right choice.

Lawrence A. Huffman

Office:  Allen County – Allen County Common Please Court-General Division

Age: 64

Residence: Lima, OH

Email: lah@540westmarket.com

Website: www.huffmanforjudge.org; #lawrencehuffmanforjudge; lah@huffmanforjudge.com

Occupation: Attorney at Law

Education: Xavier University; Ohio Northern University B.A. 1978 JD 1981

Work Experience: Civil and Criminal trials in the private practice of Law in counties throughout Ohio and Federal Courts in Toledo and Cincinnati.

Family: Married to Patricia Huffman for 42 years. Three children. Nine grandchildren

Affiliations: American Legion Post #96, Lima Ohio; Allen County Ohio Historical Society; Heartbeat of Lima; NRA-Life Member; Member of the Ohio and Allen Bar Associations

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: Rated Av in 2006 by Martindale-Hubbell, the gold standard in attorney peer review ratings in Ethical Standards and Legal Ability.

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):

I have practiced law in Allen and 16 surrounding counties for 36 years as well as the Federal District Court in Toledo and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeal in Cincinnati. Practice has consisted of litigation in medical malpractice, personal injury, commercial litigation, divorce, estate administration, real estate litigation, trust administration as well as representing defendants charged with crimes.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?

I have served on boards of education for two different schools in Allen County as well as the Allen County Historical Society, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. Service with these boards has presented the opportunity to facilitate the action of the various groups in areas affecting the community.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?

A vacancy created by the retirement of the incumbent requires someone with the appropriate temperament and broad based experience to fill the position. No other candidate has the depth of experience in as many areas of the law as I. The 36 years I have spent practicing law have prepared me to do my part to continue the legacy of competent and impartial service to our community that Allen County Common Pleas Court Judges have delivered for many decades.

Frank D. Celebrezze Jr.

Office: Cuyahoga County -Eighth District Court of Appeals

Age: 66

Residence: Strongsville, OH

Email: N/A

Website: N/A

Occupation: Judge, Eighth District Court of Appeals

Education: J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1983); Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Political Science, with a minor in History and English, from Cleveland State University (1980)

Work Experience: Medical malpractice and personal injury litigation from 1983-1987; State of Ohio Industrial Commission, District Hearing Officer 1987-1991; Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge 1992-2000; Eighth District Court of Appeals Judge 2000-Present

Affiliations: Chief Justice Elect, Ohio Court of Appeals Judges Association; Member, Common Pleas Judges Association, State of Ohio; Member, Ohio State Bar Association; Life Member, Italian-American Veterans Association; Trustee, Justinian Forum

Endorsements: Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Endorsement for Common Pleas Court Judge in 1992 and 1998; Cuyahoga County Democratic Party endorsement for Eighth District Court of Appeals in 2000, 2006, 2012, and 2018. http://www.cuydem.com/general-election-endorsements-2017

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):

District Hearing Officer, State of Ohio Industrial Commission: 1987-1991; Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge: 1992-2000; Eighth District Court of Appeals Judge, 2000-Present; Administrative Judge for Eighth District Court of Appeals in 2007 and 2015; Appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice to sit as an Associate Judge on the Ohio Supreme Court; Appointed to sit as a Visiting Judge on a majority of the 12 appellate districts throughout the state of Ohio.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?

I am proud to come from a family with an 80-year history of distinguished public service to the people of the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and the State of Ohio. Before serving as a District Hearing Officer with the Ohio Industrial Commission, I represented the integrity of the bar as both a civil defense attorney and a civil plaintiffs’ attorney. I represented plaintiffs in medical malpractice and personal injury litigation. I also represented physicians in medical malpractice litigation. I had a well-earned reputation for hard work and fairness as a trial lawyer.

Before specializing in medical malpractice and personal injury litigation, I worked as a Judicial Extern for The Honorable Judge Alvin Krenzler in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division (1982); I worked as a Law Clerk in the Legal Department of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division (1982-1983); I worked as a Staff Attorney with the Cuyahoga County Treasurer’s Office (1991-1992).

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I have had the honor and privilege of sitting as a Judge on the bench of the Eighth District Court of Appeals for 18 years. During my tenure on the appellate bench, I have a well-earned reputation for fairness to all who appear before me. I have had the privilege of serving as the Eighth District’s Administrative Judge in 2007 and 2015. I proudly served as Founder and Chairman of the Old County Courthouse Security Committee from 2003-2017 in order to increase the safety of Judges, staff, and members of the public.

I have also had the privilege of sitting as an Associate Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court and a Visiting Judge on several of the 12 appellate districts throughout the state of Ohio. I am running for re-election so that I can continue to work hard to serve all people in Cuyahoga County, as I have done since I was elected to the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in 1992. If re-elected, I will continue to strive to maintain the integrity of the Judiciary by following the Constitution of the United States, the Ohio Constitution, and stare decisis.

Shoshanna M. Brooker

Office: Washington County – Washington County Common Pleas Court

Age: 42

Residence: Fleming, OH

Email: brookerforjudge@gmail.com

Website: www.brookerforjudge.com

Occupation: Magistrate, Washington County Common Pleas Court

Education: J.D. Capital University Law School, B.S. Communication Ohio University, A.A. Washington State Community College

Work Experience: 5 years Common Pleas Court Magistrate and 10 years private practice lawyer. In addition, 17 years experience running a business

Family: Married with one child

Affiliations: Catholic, Member of Ohio Association of Magistrates, Member Ohio Bar Association, Member Washington County Bar Association, Former Trustee of Washington State Community College, Former Board Member of Wasco, Inc., Member Lancaster-Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, Member Ohio Campground Owner’s Association & ARVC

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):

Magistrate Washington County Common Pleas Court January 2013 – Present (5 years) Effectively manages a docket of over 400 cases per year. Has not been overturned on appeal on the merits of her decisions. A firm, fair, and impartial decision maker from the bench.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?

After 15 years in the legal profession I am in the prime of my career. I ran my own private law office for 10 years where I practiced primarily criminal law but also civil and domestic. I have the knowledge, drive, and work ethic to implement programming to begin addressing the drug epidemic at a Court level. I have short term and long term planning experience, with proven implementation. I can get the Court on the right path toward addressing the epidemic. I have sought and received grants for public programming. I am a fiscally conservative business owner for 17 years and will use that knowledge toward future Court budgeting. I have spent years investing my time, talents, and gifts into our community through volunteer work, serving on boards, and providing free legal services to those in need.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I believe WE CAN DO BETTER ensuring the security and safety of our community, addressing the Opioid crisis and drug epidemic, and making and meeting short term and long term goals for our community. Legislators, through laws, have in many instances taken away our ability to impose prison sanctions. So we have to be innovative and we have to be collaborative with other local resources to provide programming to get users off the streets. If we do not do it for Washington County no one else will.

Retanio Rucker

Office:  Cuyahoga County – Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, General Division

Age: 58

Residence: Euclid, OH

Email: RetanioRuckerforJudge2018.com

Website: https://www.RetanioRuckerforJudge2018.com; Facebook.com–Retanio Rucker for Judge 2018; Twitter.com–Retanio Rucker for Judge 2018

Occupation: I am a Magistrate with the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division

Education: I am a graduate of St. Ignatius High School (High School diploma); Ohio Wesleyan University (BA); Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (JD)

Work Experience: April 2007 to the present–Magistrate–Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court; February 2007 to April 2007–Assistant Prosecuting Attorney–Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office; September 2001 to February 2007–Solo Practitioner–The Retanio Aj Rucker Co., L.P.A.; February 1998 to August 2001–Solo Practitioner–The Smith & Rucker Co., L.P.A.; April 1996 to July 1998–Attorney Advisor–The Social Security Administration, Office of Hearings & Appeals; February 1995 to March 1996–Trial Attorney–climaco, Climaco, Semintore, Leftkawich & Garofoli; February 1988 to February 1995–Assistant Attorney General–Ohio Attorney General’s Office

Family: I am single with five (5) children

Affiliations: The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Life Member); The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Alpha Housing Board (Member); The Angels Alumni Organization Board (Member); The Murtis Taylor Multisystemic Human Services Board (Member); The American Bar Association (Member); The Norman S. Minor Bar Association (Member); The Ohio State Bar Association (Member); St. Adalbert Catholic Church (Member)

Endorsements: I am endorsed by the Bedford/Walton Hills Democratic Club; Euclid Democratic Club; Shaker Heights Democratic Club; Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones; Cleveland Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell; Euclid Ward 1 Councilwoman Stephana Caviness; Bedford Heights Councilman Lloyd Anderson; Bedford/Walton Hills City Leader Andrew Mizak; Rev. Paul Hobson Saddler, Sr. of Mt. Zion Congregational UCC; and Rev. J. Edwin Sanders of West Park Baptist Church

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):

I am a trial attorney of thirty (30) years experience. For eighteen (18) of my thirty (30) years I have been a judicial officer. I began my career as a Volunteer Magistrate with the City of Cleveland Community Diversion Program for First Time Juvenile Offenders in 1999. While a Volunteer Magistrate, I became an Acting Judge with the Licking County Municipal Court in 2005. I held this position for two (2) years. On April 18, 2018, I will have had the honor of serving as a Magistrate with the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division for eleven (11) years. I am Judge Alison Nelson Floyd’s Delinquency Magistrate.

As a Magistrate with the Juvenile Court, I deal with administrative, civil, criminal and juvenile law. I use the civil rules, criminal rules, evidentiary rules and the juvenile rules to decide cases. I am also required to use the same elements in the Juvenile Division to decide guilt or innocence of a crime that the Prosecution must use to prove guilt or innocence of a crime in the General Division. In other words, I am performing the same duties as a Magistrate that I would be required to perform as a Judge.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?

Based on my life experiences, I have a unique perspective on what it means to be a fair and impartial judicial officer. I recall that at times, my mother used to go to bed hungry at night to make sure that my brother and I had something to eat so that we would be ready for school the next day. I worked my way through college during spring, summer and winter breaks to assist my mother with the payment of tuition. I worked a full-time (40) hour a week job and went to law school part-time at night. I also worked part-time for several area attorneys as a law clerk to learn how to become a proficient trial lawyer. It took me six and one (6 1/2) years to finish law school, but in December of 1987, I graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. I took and passed the February 1988 bar and in May of 1988, I was sworn in as a member of the Ohio bar.

Consistent with these experiences and the prejudice I have faced in my personal life and in my professional career, I believe that I have the ability and temperament to be objective with people from all walks of life. A judicial officer, in my opinion, must be fair and impartial in her or his decisions. All people should be treated equally no matter their age, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. Moreover, each person should be judged according to the circumstances of their individual case as justice demands. Only in this way, can I or any other jurist arrive at an appropriate, fair and impartial decision.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I want to individuals who appear before me to have faith in the decisions the judiciary makes. I want people to know that they will be treated fairly no matter their age, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. I am aware that many of those who appear before a judicial officer in our county believe that the judicial system is broken. I do not share this belief. I know from experience that each decision a judicial officer makes will not be liked by every individual. I have learned, however, that if the judicial officer is respected, the parties will respect the decision even if they do not agree with it. I want to bring a sense of consistency to the proceedings. I want the parties to know what to expect from my courtroom as they do now. I want to utilize the special dockets in the General Division as I do now in the Juvenile Division to assist those who need the help a judicial officer must look beyond the “crime and punishment aspect” of a case. If I can restore faith in our judiciary, then I will have accomplished my goal.

David A. D’Apolito

Office:  Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Mahoning, Monroe, and Noble Counties. Courthouse is located in Mahoning County. County – Seventh District Court of Appeals

Age: 54

Residence: Canfield, OH

Email: N/A

Website: N/A

Occupation: Mahoning County Court Judge, Attorney at Law

Education: Youngstown State University, University of Akron School of Law

Work Experience: Practicing Attorney since 1989, County Court Judge since 2000

Affiliations: N/A

Endorsements: Mahoning County Democrat Party, Columbiana County Democrat Party, United Auto Workers

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):

Mahoning County Court Magistrate 1997-2000 Mahoning County Court Judge 2000-present

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?

As a practicing attorney I have handled criminal as well as civil cases in many different areas of the law. I have tried both criminal and civil cases to juries. I have served as Mahoning County Court Judge since 2000.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I believe that the Court of Appeals is a very important bench. It is not an entry level position. I have 18 years of judicial experience as a trial court judge. I have presided over many jury trials both civil and criminal. I believe that this experience is invaluable at the appellate court level. I will be able to understand the view of the trial court as I review their decisions. I believe that I am the only candidate with this experience which makes me uniquely qualified in this election.

William Douglass Bell, Sr.

Office:  Hamilton County – Ohio First District Court Of Appeals

Age: 68

Residence: Cincinnati, OH

Email: williamdbellsratty@fuse.net

Website: N/A

Occupation: Attorney

Education: University Of Illinois

Work Experience: Attorney in private practice

Family: Married 48 years, 5 children

Affiliations: NAACP/Black Lawyers Association/U.S. 2nd Bapt. Church- W. College Hill, OH

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):

Licensed in IL in 1976- Attorney with the Shackerford Community Institute, Cincinnati Legal Aid Society, Staff Attorney U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Associate Law Professor Univ. of Cinti, Taught- Civil Procedure, Evidence, Trial Practice, Associate Professor Salmon P. Chase Law School, Taught Civil Procedure, Pretrial Practice and Trial Practice; Private Practice in Business Practice and Formation, Probate and Estate Planning, Civil- All areas, including Civil Rights, Real Estate, Taxation, Domestic Relations, Foreclosures and Evictions, Criminal, Juvenile, Appellate – Very wide general practice with mixed areas of the law involved. Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, U. S. Tax Court, State of Ohio and State of Illinois. Licensed in Illinois in 1976 and Licensed in Ohio in 1977- 42 years and 41 years respectively.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?

I served on the Hamilton County Mental Health Board for approximately ten (10) years and helped launched the case management system: I served on the Cinti Metropolitan Housing Board for ten (10) years; I was on the Board of the William H. Mallory Center for Change; the College Hill Community Redevelopment Board; Big Brothers of Cinti, and participated in various other community and civil events.

My background is very diverse and I have worked as an Assistant to the Dean of the College of Commerce at the Univ. of Illinois, a teacher of business law, a janitor, a short order cook, a cashier, a tutor to students in various subjects and as an auditor and tax accountant with a CPA firm. I have the ability to converse with any person or group of people of any race, religious background, intellectual level or financial status. I am not judgmental or prejudice. I am, very direct with people on issues and problems.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I believe that I have the ability and the experience to do an excellent job as an appellate judge. My legal training, as a staff attorney for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals required that I address all areas of the law being reviewed by the Court arising from the states of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. My teaching experience of six (6) years at the Univ. of Cincinnati College of Law and two (2) years as Chase Law School in Civil Procedure, Evidence and Trial Practice provide me with value knowledge on procedural issues.

In my 40+ years of practice, I have handled cases in most areas of the law and I have litigated in most state and federal courts in my geographic area. I believe that the Court needs someone who has vast experience and who has not been hand picked because of wealth, long term party affiliations and nepotism. Simply put, I believe that I will be the best person for the position as an appellate judge with the Ohio First District Court of Appeals.

Ronald M. Mottl

Office:  Cuyahoga County – Cuyahoga County Common Pleas

Age: 44

Residence: Parma, OH

Email: ronmottlforjudge@gmail.com

Website: www.ronmottforjudge.com; Facebook: Ron Mottl for Judge

Occupation: Attorney/Magistrate

Education: J.D. From Capital University Law School; B.A. from The Ohio State University

Work Experience: Mottl & Mottl, Partner (Since 2005); Middleburg Heights Magistrate (Since 2008); Beachwood Magistrate (Since 2015); Former Assistant Attorney General; Former State Representative

Family: Married with 2 children

Affiliations: Parma Bar Association / Parma Democratic Club / St. Albert the Great Parishioner / Ohio State Athletic Booster

Endorsements: County Council President Dan Brady, Cleveland Councilwoman Dona Brady, Teamsters Local 416 – President Sonny Nardi, IBEW Local 38 – Dennis Meaney Bus. Mgr., State Representative Martin J. Sweeney, Broadview Heights Mayor Sam Alai, Brook Park Mayor Michael D. Gammella, Cuyahoga Heights Mayor Jack Bacci, Independence Mayor Anthony Togliatti, Linndale Mayor Ashlee McLaughlin, N. Royalton Mayor Robert Stefanik, Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Parma Heights Mayor Michael Bryne, Former Maple Heights Mayor Santo Incorvaia, Former Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason, Broadview Heights Law Director Vince Ruffa, Parma Law Director and Chief Prosecutor Tim Dobeck, Brook Park City Leader Tony D’Amico, N. Royalton City Leader/Ward 4 Council Paul Marnecheck, Parma City Leader Mickey Vittardi, Parma Heights City Leader Joe Sebes, Strongsville City Leader Dean DePiero, Berea Clerk of Courts Ray Wohl, Brook Park Council President Mike Vecchio, N. Royalton Council President Larry Antoskiewicz, Parma City Council President Sean Brennan, Parma Auditor Brian Day, Parma Treasurer Tom Mastroianni, Parma Clerk of Courts Marty Vittardi, Parma Councilman Al Divis, Parma Heights Councilman Robert Verdell, Law Firm of Jordan & Sidoti – Partner Marcus Sidoti, Law Firm of WinterlTrimacco- Partner Jason Winter, Seven Hills Prosecutor Patrick Dichiro, Linndale Assistant Prosecutor Andy Baker

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):

Magistrate – Middleburg Heights – 2008 to Present; Magistrate – Beachwood – 2015 to Present

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?

My diverse background as an Ohio Assistant Attorney General, State Representative, Public Defender and Private Practitioner have prepared me and given me invaluable experience and understanding, and insight into the preparation needed to be a Common Pleas Court Judge. My goal in all of these positions has been to help people.

As a State Representative, I authored and passed two bills into law, as a Democrat in the minority party, designed to help people. I authored one of the first rights of privacy bills in the United States in 1997, which removed the Social Security Number from your Ohio Driver’s License. This was in response to 3 different constituents in my district that were victims of crime. The second bill was a probate reform bill designed to increase the amount of assets released from administration for spouses. This bill allowed people to avoid attorney fees, court costs and the precious time it takes to receive the assets from the decedent.

As an Assistant Attorney General, I represented and prosecuted cases for the Ohio Lottery and Ohio BMV and also represented the Ohio Veteran’s Home. I have interacted with people from all walks of life. Every person deserves the same level of representation regardless of their race, religion, gender or financial status. Having represented thousands of indigent and mentally ill clients has allowed me to help a wide spectrum of people. I have had experience writing laws as a State Representative, enforcing the laws as an Ohio Assistant Attorney General, interpreting the law as a Magistrate and defending the law and the rights of the accused as a Criminal Defense Attorney. All of these experiences have provided me with the tools necessary to be an effective Judge.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I am running for this seat because I have over thirteen years of experience practicing in this court on a weekly basis. My experience practicing law from many different positions has provided me with a unique perspective. Having had the opportunity to be a Magistrate the last 10 years has been invaluable. My work as an assigned counsel for indigent clients has taught me great compassion. It has reinforced the idea that everyone wants to be treated fairly and with respect. My experience as a State Representative and Ohio Assistant Attorney General have also shaped me and provided me with great insight into working with all different types of personalities. My time spent representing mentally ill clients has been very rewarding.

As a Judge, I would be able to help more people, especially mentally ill people, get the treatment and services they need to return to the community instead of being stuck in jail. All of my work history and experiences have shaped my life and prepared me to become an effective Judge. I grew up in a family that stressed public service and giving back to the community. I have had experience writing laws as a State Representative, I have had experience enforcing the laws as an Ohio Assistant Attorney General, I have had experience interpreting the law as a Magistrate and I have had experiencing defending the law and the rights of the accused as a criminal defense attorney. All of these experiences have provided me with the tools necessary to be an effective Judge.

If elected, I would like to expand the number of mental health court judges. Currently, only 4 out of 34 judges are mental health court judges. I would like to expand this number to account for the growing number of people suffering from mental health issues. Secondly, I support bail reform. There are far too many non-violent offenders spending unnecessary time in jail. I would encourage the Court to use a Risk Assessment formula to evaluate the likelihood a defendant would return to Court for trial or commit a crime if released. This system would keep more non-violent offenders out of jail. I believe that as Judge, I would have an opportunity to help more people throughout our county. I could help those who have fallen off a good path and help them return to being productive citizens.