Gene Donofrio

Gene Donofrio

Office: Seventh District Court of Appeals

Age: 62

Residence: Canfield, OH

Email: N/A

Website: N/A

Occupation: Judge on the Seventh District Court of Appeals

Education: J.D. University of Akron 1978, B.A. Youngstown State University 1975

Work Experience: Judge, Seventh District Court of Appeals 1993-present, Serves by special assignment to sit on the Ohio Supreme Court 1993-present, part-time faculty at Youngstown State University 1990-present, Asst. Mahoning County Prosecutor 1989-1993, Legal counsel to Mahoning County Treasurer 1983-1989, Asst. Youngstown City Prosecutor 1978-1982, private practice of law 1978-1993

Family: Married with 3 daughters

Affiliations: American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, Nathaniel R. Jones Inn of Court, Roman Catholic Church, Past member of drug and alcohol addiction services boards, Mahoning County Bar Association Lawyer Assistance Committee

Endorsements: Mahoning County Democratic Party, Youngstown Warren Black Caucus, Western Reserve Building and Construction Trades Council, Mahoning Trumbull AFL-CIO Labor Council

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
Judge on the Seventh District Court of Appeals 1993-present; have periodically sat on Ohio Supreme Court by special assignment in place of a Justice who recused during my years as an Appellate Judge.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
As an attorney in private practice and as a government attorney I had the opportunity to practice in many different areas of the law. This work gave me experience in all the different types of trial courts that the appellate court hears appeals from. This experience uniquely qualified me for the work I have been engaged in during my years on the appellate court. Representing clients from all walks of life also has made me empathetic to the parties who come before the court as well as respecting the important role attorneys play in our justice system.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am very grateful to the voters who have had the confidence to allow me to serve as their appellate judge for the past 23 years. The experience has been very enjoyable and rewarding. My record proves that I have done a good job in fairly, honestly and swiftly deciding cases that have come before me. I have also been highly involved in the public outreach of the court to create a better understanding about the role of the court in our justice system and society as a whole. With public understanding and awareness I believe our courts function at their best and with accountability. I present at legal seminars and have implemented an off-site Court hearing program at district high schools. My involvement as a mentor judge for newly elected judges has also beed rewarding. I would like to continue my public service on the court because I feel that I still have a lot to offer to the judiciary, the legal community and the public at large and would greatly appreciate the opportunity to continue as your appellate judge.

Kelly Ann Gallagher

Kelly Ann Gallagher

Office: Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas- General Division

Age: 38

Residence: Westlake, OH

Email: kanngallagher@hotmail.com

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Kelly-Ann-Gallagher-1508711222774300/

Occupation: Attorney

Education: J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law; B.A. from Denison University

Work Experience: Criminal Attorney since November 2007; Labor Relations Attorney since 2008; Former Probation Officer

Family: Married with one child

Affiliations: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; Ohio Women’s Bar Association; Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Northern District of Ohio, Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, IAFF Local 1145, NOFF, Westside Irish American Club, League of Women Voters, Westlake Democratic Club, NAACP, CAMEO, Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus.

Endorsements: Northern Ohio Firefighters, Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers Local 19.

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
No answer provided.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
Since November of 2007, I have represented clients at various states of the criminal process throughout the State of Ohio. I am a certified mental health court attorney and certified co-counsel and appellate counsel in death penalty cases. Since November of 2007, I have tried numerous criminal matters from major felony cases to misdemeanor cases, with the bulk of my experience concentrated in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. My civil experience consists of representing unions in labor relations issues, including but not limited to fact-finding, arbitrations, unfair labor practices, grievances, and discharge hearings. Prior to becoming an attorney, I was a Probation Officer.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
Most of my experiences, starting as a Probation Officer, and later as an attorney, are with the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. I know the court system well, and with my diverse experience and background, I am prepared for the position.

Joseph F. Russo

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Office: Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas – General Division

Political Party Affiliation: Democrat

Age: 58

Residence: Olmsted Township, OH

Email: N/A

Website: N/A

Occupation: Attorney

Education: J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Work Experience: General Practice since 2013, Judge from 1998-2012, Assistant County Prosecutor from 1987-1998

Family: N/A

Affiliations: N/A

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court , 14 years 7 of the 14 years I served as Administrative Judge 3 of the 14 years I served as Presiding Judge of Drug Court

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
Prior to becoming a judge I served as an Assistant County Prosecutor for Cuyahoga County. I have extensive trial experience and have tried numerous serious felony cases including murder and rape.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
To continue reforms in the Court system and to continue to elevate the public’s trust in the Judicial System.

Pat Fischer

Pat Fischer

Office: Ohio Supreme Court

Age: 58

Residence: Cincinnati, OH

Email: FischerForOhio@gmail.com

Website: www.FischerForOhio.comwww.twitter.com/JudgePatFischer; www.facebook.com/JudgePatFischer

Occupation: Judge, Ohio First District Court of Appeals

Education: Undergraduate and J.D. from Harvard University, graduated cum laude

Work Experience: Partner and Associate, Keating Muething & Klekamp, Associate, Thompson & Knight, Law Clerk, U.S District Judge William O. Bertelsman, E.D. Ky,

Family: Married with one child

Affiliations: Member of St. Xavier Catholic Church. Member of the Hamilton County Mental Health Board, Cincinnati Children’s Museum Board, Visions Community Services Inc., Hamilton County ADAS Board and Pleasant Ridge Community Council.

Endorsements: Ohio Republican Party. County Republican Parties including Franklin, Hamilton, Cuyahoga, Lake and Preble. Associations including Ohio Manufacturers PAC, Ohio Medical PAC, Ohio Right to Life PAC, Ohio Realtors PAC, Cincinnati Right to Life PAC. Current and Former elected officials including Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, Attorney General Mike DeWine, Speaker Jo Ann Davidson, Auditor Dave Yost, State Reps Ron Maag and Bob Cupp.

Bar Association Ratings: Excellent, Cleveland Metro Bar Association

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
Judge of First District Court of Appeals. 2010-present

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I believe that my hard work, integrity and respect for the office qualifies me to serve on the Ohio Supreme Court. I learned the value of hard work from my parents and took that with me to Harvard. During my time there I also had at least one job (janitor ), if not two (library worker) or three (as an intramural ref) jobs at a time, while helping to pay my way through an expensive college as my parents did not have the money to afford my school. Despite needing to earn those funds, I still received an award at graduation for supposedly being the all around person in the class. The other thing I value more than anything else is integrity. The voters and citizens of Ohio have the right to expect that your judges have the utmost integrity, respect for the law and highest ethical standards. I believe that I have all three and because of that have consistently been cited by me peers including serving as President of the Ohio State Bar Association. I’ve has always had a deep and abiding interest in ethics and professionalism matters, and served two terms on the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, including serving as Vice Chair. I also chaired the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and its Professionalism committees.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I have seen so much of the legal system and have so benefitted from that system. I believe that I can be a fair and reasoned jurist for all. I believe I have the ability and desire to make the judicial and legal system better than it is today. I can use all the abilities and gifts I have been given to make it work. Not only have I tried many cases in Ohio, I tried cases as far south as Texas, as far west as LA, and had oral arguments in the 2nd (NYC) and 10th circuits (Denver), and a win in the U.S. Supreme Court. My longest trial to jury verdict was about 16 weeks and I have broad experience that I can bring to the court deep insight and thoughtfulness. I am also a good listener, I grew up in a somewhat large family: 6 kids, 2 parents, and a grandmother, all 9 people at the table together for dinner. More importantly I was the second youngest and the older siblings and adults did not really care what I thought. And with one parent a strong Democrat and one a strong Republican, I learned to listen and to discern which arguments seemed best or strong. That ability helped me greatly, both as a lawyer and especially as a judge. All parties want to be heard by the court even if they lose the case. It is an ability essential to judicial quality. For much the same reason I grew up with an open mind and the ability to ask insightful questions, and generally without putting off the party answering the question. I think that helps me to get to the real issues in a case. By getting to the point sooner and more exactly, the parties get their opinions sooner as well as in a better reasoned decision.

Alvertis Walter Bishop

Alvertis Walter Bishop

Office: Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas

Age: 62

Residence: Cincinnati, OH

Email: al@voteforbishop.com

Website: www.voteforbishop.com; @voteforbishop

Occupation: Attorney

Education: J.D. Salmon P. Chase College of Law; M.A. Univ. of Cincinnati; B.S. Univ. of Cincinnati

Work Experience: General Practice since 1984

Family: Married, 4 children (adult) 6 grandchildren

Affiliations: Currently serving as Minister of Music, New Song Ministries (non-denominational); past board president of Avondale rEdevlopment Corp, Burnet Area Business Association, A. B. Miree Charter School. Also past board member Arthritis Foundation.

Endorsements: Hamilton County Democratic Party

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
Approximately 15 years unofficial referee, Hamilton County Juvenile Court Hamilton County Arbitration Panelist

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
General Practice over 30 years. Experience in all areas that come before the Court, including: Criminal Defense, literally at all levels from traffic violations and misdemeanors to major felonies up to and including homicide. Criminal Prosecution during service as Lincoln Heights Law Director. (General Counsel to City/Village of Lincoln Heights, Ohio) Advice to Legislative Authority (Lincoln Heights Council) including construction interpretation and enforcement of ordinances. Service as counsel both plaintiff and defense in civil matters, including matters of equity. Also service as counsel in Probate, Juvenile, and Domestic Relations Courts, all of which are divisions of the Court of Common Pleas. Over 15 years and currently serving as statewide counsel to the Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Ohio Free and Accepted Masons. Also, my upbringing and maturation in my family’s business gave me insight into the lives and thinking of persons from all walks of life. I have a strong work ethic. I worked as an auto mechanic 6 days per week while attending law school at night. I am a life-long Cincinnatian and I am well tuned to Cincinnati’s community values. I am strongly committed to family. I also have a strong sense that persons should take a greater responsibility for themselves rather than finding fault in others and blaming others for hardship and shortcomings. Adulthood brings responsibility with it.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am running for the Court of Common Pleas because my diverse experience as an attorney qualifies me better for the position than someone whose entire legal experience has been confined to a single area of law. I am also running because my overall life experience enables me to see more in the person than a police report or civil complaint can reveal.

Jody Marie Luebbers

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Office: Hamilton County Common Pleas Court

Age: 53

Residence: Cincinnati, OH

Email: jmluebbers@cms.hamilton-co.org

Website: N/A

Occupation: Judge

Education: J.D. Salmon P Chase Law School

Work Experience: Attorney for 25 years, the last eight of those have been as a judge

Family: Married two children

Affiliations: Member All Saints Church, YMCA former Board of Trustee Central Parkway branch, Ohio Common Please Judges Association Vice President, member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, ASTAR fellow, former Sunday School teacher, former Girl Scouts Troop Leader, Member of the Inns of Court,

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge since 2008

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
Assistant Prosecuting attorney Hamilton County almost 12 years Associate Fox & Fox Law Office about 6 years

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I love my job and feel privileged to be serving the people of Hamilton County and administering fair and equal justice to all who enter my courtroom. All anyone wants when they come to court is to have an opportunity to present their side of the case and get a fair shake. That is the service I provide and will continue to provide if re-elected.

Robert Peter Ruehlman

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Office: Hamilton County Common Pleas Court

Age: N/A

Residence: North Bend, OH

Email: divejudge@yahoo.com

Website: N/A

Occupation: Judge of Hamilton County Common Pleas General Division since January 1987

Education: B.S University of Cincinnati in 1974 and J.D. University of Cincinnati 1977

Work Experience: Worked for the Governor of the State of Ohio in 1977 and then worked as a Prosecuting Attorney for the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office from 1977 to 1987.

Family: Married for 40 years, 7 children, 5 boys and 2 girls. 13 Grandchildren.

Affiliations: Member Crossroads Church, helped found Literacy Center West, member of Greater Cincinnati Regional Fire and Arson Investigators Seminar, member of Miami Conservancy and member of Greater Cincinnati Hazardous Materials Control Committee

Endorsements: Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
2016 is my 30th year on the bench.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
Trial attorney for the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office for over 9 years.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I enjoy the job.

Jason Reese

Jason Reese

Office: Stark County Family Court

Political Party Affiliation: Democrat

Age: 44

Residence: Canton, OH

Email: jreese597@sbcglobal.net

Website: Facebook; Jason Reese For Stark County Family Court Judge; www.reeseforjudge.com

Occupation: Attorney

Education: Ohio University B.A. cum laude, English 1990-1994 University of Akron School of Law Juris Doctor, 1994-1997

Work Experience: Private Practice 2000–now ·Domestic Relations Court: divorce, including high-conflict cases, business evaluations, high-asset division, complex financial matters (including QDROs and DOPOs), financial misconduct, and hidden-asset location; custody, including cases involving physical and sexual abuse; child and spousal support; inter-jurisdictional disputes; post-decree matters · Juvenile Court: custody, paternity, establishment of parental rights and responsibilities, child support, and dependency, neglect, and abuse cases · Guardian ad litem in divorce, juvenile, and neglect cases · Litigated adoptions in the Stark County Probate Court · Prosecute and defend civil protection orders · Practiced in multiple counties: Stark, Tuscarawas, Summit, Carroll, Portage, Columbiana, and Wayne · Briefed and argued cases in the Fifth Appellate District Court of Appeals Assistant Law Director, City of Canton 2000–now · Legal advisor for Canton’s public officials, including the last four mayoral administrations, as well as the Board of Building Appeals and Canton Construction Board. · Litigated cases in the Canton Municipal Court, Stark County Court of Common Pleas, and Fifth Appellate District in cases involving workers’ compensation, subrogation claims, mandamus actions, whistle-blower claims, construction cases, and nuisance actions involving drug houses and building code violations · Labor relations: negotiated contracts with the city’s five unions, and represented the city in arbitration, mediation, and fact-finding; litigated alleged unfair labor practices. Testified in the Ohio House Local Government Committee, 129th General Assembly, on behalf of the Ohio Municipal League in opposition to HB 50, which proposed changes to expedited Type II annexations · Write legal opinions on various issues, including Ohio’s Sunshine Law and public official ethics and conflicts of interest · Draft contracts, purchase agreements, ordinances, annexation agreements, cooperative economic development agreements (CEDAs), and joint economic development districts (JEDDs) · Litigated in the Ohio Supreme Court (City of North Canton v. City of Canton, 114 Ohio St.3d 243, 2007-Ohio-4005, 871 N.E.2d 586) Assistant Prosecutor, City of Canton 1997–2000 · Prosecuted over 40 jury trials · Prosecuted felony preliminary hearings · Provided legal advice, including the preparation of arrest and search warrants, to multiple police agencies, including the Canton Police Department, Stark County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ohio State Patrol · Served as special prosecutor in surrounding municipalities.

 Family:  Married for 15 years to Holly Ensign Reese, no children

Affiliations:  Stark County Bar Association (Family Law Committee, past member), Secretary, Market Heights Neighborhood Association, Canton Ex-newsboys Association, Jefferson-Jackson Club, Volunteer and speaker, Project Rebuild, Courthouse Players, Pro Football Hall of Fame (past volunteer), Co-chair, Market Heights Neighborhood Party-in-the-Park (2015), Participated in the 2007 YWCA Night of Champions.

Endorsements: Ironworkers Local 550; AFSCME District #10

Bar Association Ratings: Recommended  by Stark County Bar Association

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
I have practiced law for nineteen years in various courts and counties. I have no judicial experience.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I have significant legal experience in both civil and criminal matters. I am a former prosecuting attorney and have tried 41 criminal jury trials. My private practice mainly focuses on family law. I have experience in the following areas: Domestic Relations Court: divorce, including high-conflict cases, business evaluations, high-asset division, complex financial matters (including QDROs and DOPOs), financial misconduct, and hidden-asset location; custody, including cases involving physical and sexual abuse; child and spousal support; inter-jurisdictional disputes; post-decree matters Juvenile Court: custody, paternity, establishment of parental rights and responsibilities, child support, and dependency, neglect, and abuse cases Guardian ad litem in divorce, juvenile, and neglect cases Litigated adoptions in the Stark County Probate Court Litigated hundreds of cases before the Stark County Family Court Prosecuted and defended civil protection orders Practiced in multiple counties: Stark, Tuscarawas, Summit, Carroll, Portage, Columbiana, and Wayne Briefed and argued cases in the Fifth Appellate District Court of Appeals. I have spent the last 16 years in private practice representing people in the family court system. I am aware of the high emotions and the impact that divorce and juvenile custody cases have on the participants and the children involved in these cases. My 16 years of experience representing people through this emotionally charged and difficult time is why I am qualified to be judge.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am running for this seat because my experience, my compassion, and my drive are what make a family court judge effective. My goal is to ease an extremely painful experience for parents and their children by treating the parties with respect and compassion. I will translate my litigation and counseling experience to enable all parties to trust the court system to reach a fair and balanced resolution to difficult situations. My experience in multiple jurisdictions has taught me that clients are fearful and mistrust the system; I will gain the parties\’ trust that I will reach a just resolution to their situations. One of the top priorities of the court should be to eliminate the fear and the stress of the parties involved in what they perceive as a hostile environment. A common complaint from parties who participate in the process is that decisions are made without the parties present. As a family court judge, I want to transition the common practice of holding pretrials behind closed doors to conducting discussions in the open in order to eliminate the parties\’ distrust, and to cultivate their confidence in integrity and fairness that they can see first hand. As a judge and a public servant, I will uphold the duty to execute the tenants of the judicial system, maintaining the honor, respect, and dignity that our community deserves.

Peter J. Corrigan

Patrick F. Corrigan

Office: Common Pleas Court- General Division

Age: 53

Residence: Lakewood, OH

Email: N/A

Website: N/A

Occupation: Judge Common Pleas Court General Division

Education: St. Ignatius HS, Brown University, Cleveland-Marshall Law

Work Experience: Police officer, Insurance Claims, Asst County Prosecutor, Common Pleas Judge

Family: N/A

Affiliations: N/A

Endorsements: Cuyahoga County Democratic Party

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
Common Pleas General Division 2005-present

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
Assistant County Prosecutor 1998 through 2004; Major Trial Unit-Child Victim prosecuting sexual assault and homicide of children; Community Based Prosecution Unit-Glenville and Collinwood neighborhoods; General Felony; and Juvenile delinquencies.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
Seeking re-election for my third term. I plan on continuing my involvement in the working of the court on the Court Security, Criminal Rules, Probation and Grand Jury committees.

Patrick F. Corrigan

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Office: Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court

Age: 63

Residence: Rocky River, OH

Email: patcorgs@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Occupation: Judge

Education: J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall Law School

Work Experience: 24th year as a Juvenile Court Judge

Family: Married with 8 children

Affiliations: N/A

Endorsements: Cuyahoga County Democratic Party

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court-Juvenile Division, 1993 to present

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
Trial Attorney, 1984-1993, Civil and Criminal Law; Practiced law in numerous municipal and state courts in Northeast Ohio

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I hope to be re-elected to this seat so that I can continue to serve the citizens of Cuyahoga County.