Matt Lynch

Office: Trumbull County – Court of Appeals 11th District

Age: 67

Residence: Chagrin Falls, OH

Email: Lynchol@aol.com

Website: https://www.mattlynch.com/; https://www.facebook.com/LynchforOhio/

Occupation: Attorney

Education: Juris Doctor, Cleveland Marshall College of Law

Work Experience: Trust Officer, Huntington Bank, 30 years in law practice at Lynch & Lynch Co LPA

Family: Wife Laura, Daughters Kerri, Christy and Katie, 11 grandchildren

Affiliations: Eagles Club, Ohio State Bar Association, Abundant Life Church, Middlefield, Oh

Endorsements: Ohio Right to Life Action Coalition, Ohio Value Voters, Ohio Citizens PAC

Bar Association Ratings: I did not seek or accept donations from attorneys in order to avoid any conflict of interest

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

I have practiced in every level of Courts in Ohio for over 30 years including Municipal. County Common Pleas, Court of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court.

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

I have served as Bainbridge Township Trustee and as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives where I helped write the laws that judges must apply. I served on the Judiciary Committee in the State Legislature drafting proposed Ohio laws.

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

Judges play a critical role in preserving our Republic. If we want our rights protected and our nation strong, we must elect judges who respect our Constitution. The tensions between the branches of government have never been greater. The Appellate Courts are constantly asked to review the actions of the legislature and the executive branch, perhaps more than ever before in history. Yet, the elections of our judges are almost overlooked, with too few voters knowing who the candidates are and what they stand for. I will always stand with the Constitution and the inalienable God-given rights recognized by our Founding Fathers! While practicing law for over 30 years I have met many judges. The best of them maintain their objectivity while ruling with sound reasoning, but always with respect for our Constitution. I intend to be such a judge.

Judge Mary Elizabeth Fiser

Office: Sandusky County – Sandusky County District Court 2

Age: 67

Residence: Clyde, OH

Email: mbflaw@gmail.com

Website: https://www.facebook.com/judgefiser/?ref=bookmarks; https://www.judgefiser.com/

Occupation: Judge and Attorney

Education: J.D. University of Toledo

Work Experience: Attorney since 1986

Family: Married with 5 step children 9 grandchildren

Affiliations: N/A

Endorsements: Mayors of Woodville, Gibsonburg and Clyde

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

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

Acting Judge 1999 Sandusky County Court District #1 and Sandusky County Court District #2. Sitting Judge from 2012 to present Sandusky County Court District #2.

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

I have 32 years as a lawyer, handling complex cases throughout courts in Sandusky County and Northwest Ohio. In 2002 I further expanded my experience by attending and completing certification in Civil and Domestic Relations Mediation through the Ohio Supreme Court and have remained a certified mediator in both fields since that time.

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

I wish to continue the good work that I have done in my last term. I’m delivering results for you. My court gets treatment for people who need it and I deliver swift justice to keep our county safe.

Jim Schuck

Office: Delaware County – Delaware County Common Pleas Court – General Division

Age: 43

Residence: Genoa Township, OH

Email: SchuckForJudge@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Occupation: Attorney, Bricker & Eckler LLP

Education: J.D., Capital University Law School, Magna Cum Laude; B.A., Bowling Green State University

Work Experience: Bricker and Eckler 2001-Present; Law Clerk to Judge George C. Smith, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 2000-2001

Family: Married with three children, ages 13, 11, and 10

Affiliations: N/A

Endorsements: Delaware County Republican Party

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

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

This is my first run for judicial office.

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

First, I demonstrated academic excellence during law school, having graduated in the top 10% of my law school class, been appointed twice as a teaching assistant, and served on the Board of my law review. Second, I served as a federal law clerk immediately out of law school. That job made me realize the impact the courts could have in the lives of those who come before them. It also taught me what is involved in running an efficient court. Finally, my 17-year professional career has prepared me for this role. I’ve handled many cases around Ohio and in numerous federal and state courts around the country. I have appeared before many judges and magistrates, and have observed what makes a good trial judge.

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

I have always viewed the judiciary as one of the highest callings for any lawyer. I seek this job to make a positive impact on my community. I have the right education, experience, skills, and temperament to do well in the position.

Amy Corrigall Jones

Office: Summit County – Summit County Common Pleas

Age: 43

Residence: Akron, OH

Email: Info@keepjudgejones.com

Website: www.keepjudgejones.com

Occupation: Judge

Education: J.D. University of Akron

Work Experience: Summits County Common Pleas Judge since 2012

Family: N/A

Affiliations: N/A

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: Rated Excellent by the Akron Bar Association

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

Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge since 2012. Presiding Judge of Summit County Valor Court since 2013.

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

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Jones served our community as a practicing lawyer since 2001.

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

Judge Jones was elected to a full six year term in 2012 and is seeking re-election this year.

Matthew Rambo

Office: Geauga County – Geauga County Common Pleas Court

Age: 39

Residence: Russell Township, OH

Email: matthewrambo4judge@gmail.com

Website: www.ramboforgeauga.com; (Twitter) @rambo_judge; (Facebook) @Rambo4Judge

Occupation: Associate Attorney Collins & Scanlon LLP

Education: B.S. Electrical Engineering The Ohio State University, 2002; J.D. The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 2005

Work Experience: Magistrate at the Court of Claims of Ohio 2006-2013, Staff Attorney for Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Judge Richard McMonagle 2013-2016, Judge Maureen Clancy 2016-2018

Family: Married with 2 sons

Affiliations: Geauga County Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Geauga County Township Association

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

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

Magistrate of the Court of Claims of Ohio, 2006-2013 Staff Attorney, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, 2013-2018

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

As a Magistrate for the Court of Claims of Ohio for 7 years, I presided over a docket of approximately 125-150 case at any given time. In that capacity, I regularly presided over bench trials and authored hundreds of decisions as a result. I was responsible for the management of my docket, including conducting attorney conferences, issuing case management schedules, making all necessary pretrial orders and rulings. Working at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court put me in the trenches of Ohio’s busiest Common Pleas Court. I worked closely with the Judges to resolve cases and manage the civil case docket. I performed all research and writing required during the adjudication of a case and authored decisions of the Court as necessary. I also assisted with criminal proceedings including jury trials and sentencing hearings. In private practice, I have appeared on behalf of clients in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, the Lake County Common Pleas Court, the Lorain County Common Pleas Court, the Medina County Common Pleas Court, Rocky River Municipal Court, and Willoughby Municipal Court. These cases range from small claims cases and evictions to complex commercial litigation. Working at the Court of Claims and in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court has provided me with the experience and knowledge necessary to operate a courtroom and preside over a full docket of criminal and civil cases from the first day I take the bench. It has also allowed me to understand and appreciate how cases should be viewed from a judicial point of view. Working in the private sector has permitted me to hone my skills as an advocate to gain a valuable understanding of the relationships attorneys have with their clients. Having worked as an attorney from both sides of the bench has given me a broader view of the legal system that would be invaluable to me as a judge and makes me uniquely qualified to serve Geauga County as its Common Pleas Judge.

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

I am running for Geauga County Court of Common Pleas because I want to serve the community in which my family and I live. My experience as a magistrate and in the common pleas court will allow me to smoothly transition to the Common Pleas bench. This sets me apart from my opponents in this race because I am the only candidate with judicial experience. I joined the Court of Claims of Ohio directly after passing the Ohio Bar and was shortly thereafter promoted to Magistrate of the Court and assigned a docket that required me to manage cases from filing to resolution. I have presided over hearings and bench trials and authored hundreds of opinions. After seven years serving the Court of Claims in that capacity I joined the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court which put me “in the trenches” of the practice of law at the trial level and I worked closely with two different Common Pleas Judges to manage both criminal and civil dockets. I will draw on this experience to fairly and efficiently administer justice from the bench in Geauga County. I am confident in stating that I am the most qualified candidate in this race. Combined with my age, taking the bench now gives me the opportunity to ensure that Geauga County remains a wonderful place to live, all while being accountable to the voters. Our country is facing an Opioid Crisis, and Geauga County has felt the troubling effects of these insidious drugs flooding the streets. When elected, I will employ Specialized Dockets as outlined by the Supreme Court of Ohio to combat the opioid and addiction issues we face in Geauga County. I will work with law enforcement, mental health agencies and treatment facilities in the county to hold people accountable for their actions and ensure efficiency among everyone involved. Studies have shown that utilizing treatment over jail in the right cases saves the County money in the long run. Funding for a specialized docket, whether it be a mental health court, a veteran’s court or a drug court can be obtained from the state and federal level. The Ohio Supreme Court has taken the lead in this fight, Geauga County must join it. Serving Geauga County as Common Pleas Judge is my way of investing in the welfare and safety of my family and of Geauga County as a whole.

Michael A. Hiener

Office: Ashtabula County – Ashtabula Eastern County Court

Age: 59

Residence: Dorset, OH

Email: michaelhiener1959@gmail.com

Website: www.electhiener.com; Facebook @electhiener

Occupation: Attorney, Denmark Township Trustee, Owner Peters Creek Farm, Ltd.

Education: B.S. 1983, J.D. 1986 both from The Ohio State University

Work Experience: Associate at Smith and Hiener, Sidney Municipal Prosecutor in Sidney, Ohio. Litigation Associate Wuliger Fadel and Beyer in Cleveland, Ohio. Partner Bates, Hiener and Vince in Madison, Ohio. Solo practice Jefferson, Ohio.

Family: Married 29 years to Dr. Diane Veale, Jefferson veterinarian.

Affiliations: Member of Board of Directors of the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau. Co-founder of the Ashtabula County Bridge Street Farmers Market. Member of the Ashtabula County Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association.

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

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

Former arbitration chairman in Lake County Ohio. 18 years experience Acting Judge in both the Eastern and Western Ashtabula County Courts. I served as Acting Judge 5 weeks in 2017 and 4 weeks so far in 2018. I have served in both courts on the same day, one in the morning, the other in the afternoon.

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

I have had a well balanced practice in my career. I have been both prosecutor and defense attorney handling bench and jury trials. I have experience in civil and criminal cases and I have been accepted as an attorney on the Roster of Attorneys for the Eleventh District Court of Appeals where I have freed people who were wrongfully convicted. I have represented clients in the State of Ohio Courts including the Ohio Supreme Court and the Federal Courts both at the trial level and in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. But the most important aspect of my experience is learning about the human condition. Not every person who is in court is the next Charles Manson. While we do see our share of truly bad actors, like multiple drunk driving offenders, who must be dealt with severely, we often deal with decent people in bad circumstances. We may see a person charged with driving with a suspended license because his auto insurance lapsed when he was laid off work. Instead of “throwing the book” at him we will have the Court’s probation department work with him to get his driver’s license reinstated and make sure he is insured. Then the defendant will be offered a pleas bargain with a fine and court costs to pay. He has been punished but more importantly we now have a licensed, insured driver on the road. My life’s experience and legal experience allow me to tell the difference between bad people and people in a bad way.

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

I enjoy the intellectual challenge that comes with being a judge. Applying the law to a set of facts can be like putting a puzzle together. There is a sense of satisfaction once the puzzle has been put together and a ruling has been made. Judges do some things that are just fun to do. I have always enjoyed performing wedding ceremonies, seeing joy in peoples faces when they hear “I now pronounce you husband and wife”. (It’s the only time I can give a life sentence.) The courts at this level are good problem solving courts, as my example above shows. Finally, I wish to serve my community by helping people we can help or protecting people from those who wish to do them harm.

John T. Wallace

Office: Hocking County – Hocking County Common Pleas Court

Age: 62

Residence: Logan, OH

Email: N/A

Website: Judge John T Wallace on Facebook

Occupation: Common Pleas Judge

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

Work Experience: Attorney for 32 years, Municipal Court Judge for 4 years, Common Pleas Judge for 7 years

Family: Married with 2 adult sons

Affiliations: Kiwanis, Boy Scouts of America, Knights of Columbus, Catholic

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

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

I began my service as a judge in the Hocking County Municipal Court in December 2006. In the Municipal Court, I presided over about 10 jury trials, and many bench trials. I also presided over the resolution of thousands of cases. I was appointed to the Hocking County Common Pleas Court in July 2011, and was elected in November 2012. Since I became Common Pleas Court judge, I have presided over more than 30 jury trials, dozens of bench trials, and seen thousands of other cases to resolution. I have presided over two aggravated murder trials with death penalty specifications, two other aggravated murder trials, one attempted murder trial, and several sex crime cases. I have also presided over a number of civil jury trials including a medical malpractice case.

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

Prior to becoming judge, I spent 20 years in private practice. My experience has been in the areas of criminal law, domestic relations, insurance defense, probate, real estate, and many other fields. I have also handled many cases in the Ohio Court of Appeals and have presented a case in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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

Serving the people of Hocking County, first as a Municipal Court judge and now as Common Pleas Court judge, has been a great honor. The office of judge is also a tremendous responsibility. As judge, I am tasked with assuring that all parties in the court are treated fairly. I believe that writing concise and detailed orders is important because explanations of reasoning makes it more likely that people will understand the fairness of the court’s decision. It has been my great pleasure to start the Hocking County Common Pleas Court’s Drug Court. At any one time, my team and I help 15 to 20 people become and remain clean and sober. We have enjoyed great success with many people reuniting with their families, becoming employed, and becoming contributing members of our community. I have successfully pursued a large number of private, state, and federal grants that have funded the Drug Court, improved security at the Hocking County Courthouse, and allowed us to purchase a new case management system for the Clerk of Courts’ office. I will continue to look for further funding opportunities to improve the operations of the Common Pleas Court.

Monica Hawkins

Office: Franklin County – Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Division and Juvenile Branch

Age: 53

Residence: Columbus, OH

Email: N/A

Website: ElectMonicaHawkinsforJudge.com; @ElectHawkins – Twitter; @ElectMonicaHawkins – Facebook

Occupation: Assistant Prosecutor, Columbus City Attorney’s Office

Education: J.D. Capital University Law School; M.S. Education Dayton University; B.A. Criminal Justice The Ohio State University

Work Experience: 30 year public service experience; over 24 years employed at Franklin County Children Services, 12 years as a Child Welfare Caseworker, over 12 years as a Senior Trial Attorney working specifically in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Division and Juvenile Branch, extensive litigation experience, over 50 trials, termination of parental rights, safe haven, custody, abuse, neglect, and dependency cases, contempt hearings, annual reviews, and various motion hearings and complaints. Argued before the 10th District Court of Appeals; Federal Public Defender’s Office, Capital Habeas Unit, Investigator; Children’s Hospital Substance Abuse Counselor; Law Clerk in a Domestic Relations Firm; City of Columbus

Family: Single – One adult son (and wife), 3 grandchildren

Affiliations: Non-denominational

Endorsements: Franklin County Democratic Party, Franklin County Young Democrats, Franklin County Adelante Democrats, Baptist Ministerial Alliance of Columbus and Vicinity, Columbus Firefighters Union Local 67, Columbus & Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council, Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, A. Philip Randolph Institute, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Coalition of Labor Women, FCCEA, Ohio AFSCME Council 8, Plummers and Pipefitters Local 189, Stonewall Democrats, Teachers for Better Schools

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

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

I currently serve as an Assistant Prosecutor for the Columbus City Attorney’s Office in Franklin County Municipal Court Environmental Court. I also served Senior Trial Attorney, Franklin County Children Services in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Division and Juvenile Branch 2000-2012. I have over 24 years of experience working in the Domestic Division and Juvenile Branch. I have extensive trial court experience, I litigation numerous trials, and cases included termination of parental rights trials, safe haven, custody, contempt hearings, shelter care hearings, motion hearings, review hearings, and various motion hearings. I have also served in delinquency cases, state administrative hearings, and adoption proceedings in Probate Court. I argued before the 10th District Court of Appeals. I served as a law clerk in a Domestic Relations firm.

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

I served as a Child Welfare Caseworker at Franklin County Children Services, specifically in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Division and Juvenile Branch where I served children and families throughout our County. I provided services to Abused, Neglected, Dependent, and Unruly children, worked with families suffering from poverty, mental health issues, psychological issues, substance abuse issues, educational neglect, domestic violence, violence against children, and a multitude of issues and matters relating to children and families. I have served as an Investigator with the Office of the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Southern District of Ohio where I was assigned to the Capital Habeas Unit and worked with clients/inmates on death row. In this role, I utilized my experiences in social work, trial advocacy, and my unique interpersonal and relation building skills to develop trust and confidence of the client, client’s families, and the victim’s families. Through these cases, I aided in legal strategy, evidence gathering, and research. More importantly, this work demonstrates my unique interpersonal skills, partnered with a multi-faceted perspective, that are needed in the courtroom as a protector of justice, fairness, and integrity. I am well-versed with the court’s specialty dockets and I have completed extensive mediation training. I was certified by the Children’s Hospital Child Advocacy Center in child interviewing skills. I have extensive experience working with a population riddled with substance abuse, mental health disabilities, violence, poverty, and lack of resources. These victims are often in crisis and I have always treated each individual with mutual respect and dignity, I have acted with compassion, diplomacy, and human compassion. I know I possess the judicial temperament to effectively serve the public.

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

I am a life-long resident and public servant who possesses the education, experience, temperament, and skill set to serve in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Division and Juvenile Branch. I have demonstrated my commitment to our community both professionally and personally, I have been involved in numerous organizations and professional groups to effect positive change in our community and in the lives of children and families. I possess the compassion provide exemplary public serve to all. I have maintained civility and exercised diplomacy both inside and outside the courtroom. I have treated families with fairness, including sensitive to diversity, freedom from bias, and with impartiality. I have a passion to secure safe communities, preserve the family unit, protect children, and provide alternatives while preserving communal integrity. I have been honored to serve families in this community for decades, and I would be honored to continue my service as a Judge.

James W. Brown

Office: Franklin County – Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch

Age: 60

Residence: Columbus, OH

Email: vote4jamesbrown@gmail.com

Website: www.vote4jamesbrown.com; https://www.facebook.com/James-W-Brown-for-Judge-648854168539986/

Occupation: Judge on the bench of the Franklin County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court

Education: The Ohio State University, B.A. 1979, J.D. 1982

Work Experience: Sole practitioner from 1982-2014 representing clients in family law matters throughout Ohio

Family: Married with two adult children

Affiliations: Non-denominational

Endorsements: AFSCME Ohio Council #8; Baptist Ministerial Alliance; Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; Columbus Building Trades Council; Columbus Fire Fighters Union, Local 67; Franklin County Council of Education Associations; Fraternal Order of Police, Capital City Lodge #9, http://fop9.org/; Teachers for Better Schools (CEA); Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio

Bar Association Ratings: Highly Recommended by the Columbus Bar Association, http://www.cbalaw.org/CBA_PROD/Main/News_Items/2018_Judiciary_Committee_Findings.aspx ; Columbus Bar Association Judicial Performance Poll 2018, http://www.cbalaw.org/CBA_PROD/Main/News_Items/Columbus_Bar_2018_Judicial_Performance_Poll_Results_Announced.aspx; Columbus Bar Association Judicial Performance Poll 2016, http://www.cbalaw.org/CBA_PROD/Main/News_Items/Columbus_Bar_2016_Judicial_Performance_Poll_Results_Announced.aspx

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

I have been a sitting Judge on the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch for just under four years.

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

I was in private practice as a family law attorney from 1982-2014. I had the pleasure and privilege to practice with my father, Wilmore Brown, a distinguished family law attorney and professor as well as my older brother Jeffrey Brown. Their experience provided an additional wealth of knowledge. I practiced in forty different counties in Ohio which provided me with many different perspectives to managing a courtroom.

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

I seek re-election to the bench because I believe that my experience and temperament bring fairness and equity to the cases before me. This is especially important as the domestic relations and juvenile court oversees all cases affecting the families and children of Franklin County. My experience allows me to assist litigants in achieving outcomes that are fair, equitable and serve the best interests of children and families. Further, I have been given the opportunity to develop a center to greatly improve the system and aid victims of domestic violence.

Sarah Thomas Kovoor

Office: Trumbull County – Trumbull County Domestic Relations/Juvenile Court

Age: 57

Residence: Warren, OH

Email: votekovoor@gmail.com

Website: https://www.votekovoor.com; https://www.facebook.com/sarah.kovoor.520; https://twitter.com/votekovoor

Occupation: Partner, Ford, Gold, Kovoor & Simon, Ltd.

Education: B.A. – University of Rochester, J.D. University of Akron School of Law

Work Experience: Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office, Sarah Thomas Kovoor & Assoc., Simon & Kovoor, LLP, Ford, Gold, Kovoor & Simon, Ltd.

Family: 3 adult children, 3 young grandchildren and elderly widowed mother

Affiliations: Member of Ohio State Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Former President of Rotary Club of Howland Twp., Orthodox Christian Church of Mar Thoma

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

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

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

I bring a unique perspective to the race for Trumbull County Domestic Juvenile Court Judge. I’ve practiced law for over 20 years, 5 of those years as a Trumbull County juvenile and felony prosecutor. Much of my career at the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office was focused on prosecuting sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect, child sexual abuse and domestic violence. I zealously advocated for those children who were physically and sexually abused and prosecuted their attackers/abusers. I was a part of the Child Assault Prosecution team, who work with Children’s Services and the local police departments to investigate and prosecute child assault cases. While serving as a juvenile prosecutor, I ensured that juvenile offenders were held accountable. I dealt compassionately with families in crisis and treated their children fairly. As such I am highly trained in the many difficulties these extremely delicate family matters present. These issues are not only a matter for the criminal court, they are dealt with daily in the family court. I founded my own firm, and then went on to join a group which became Ford, Gold, Kovoor & Simon, Ltd., with locations in Warren and Cleveland. There, I advocate for juveniles and adults charged with crimes, where I pursue truth and defend their liberty. I have successfully fought for many people’s civil rights when government entities over-reached and violated them and in one particular case, won a landmark decision. I have represented many litigants in the domestic relations and juvenile court. In 2018 alone, I have represented more than 10 cases in family courts across Ohio. I have litigated thousands of cases in criminal, civil and domestic court and tried more than 40 cases to a verdict. Perhaps most importantly, I was once a personal litigant in the domestic relations court. I understand the complexity family court and the influence it holds over individual lives, particularly children. These experiences have helped me develop the skills to understand and effectively manage the demands of a judgeship. This, along with my inherent ability to be calm, rational, and fair are qualities every judge must possess. I have not sought campaign contributions from attorneys and I am independent minded. Politics, favoritism, cronyism and backroom deals will have no place in my courtroom.

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

My years of experience in the areas of criminal, family and civil law make me uniquely qualified to be Trumbull County Family Court Judge. I see families in crisis in Trumbull County and I believe I am the candidate with the experience and ability to help. Trumbull County is my home and I profoundly care about this community. I have lived here for nearly 30 years, I have raised three children here and my elderly mother lives here. For me, Trumbull County is all about community and leadership its not about politics, it is about people. As a Family Court Judge, I will work to understand the impact on all families. I understand the system, the sheer nature of the work, and the impact my decisions will have. I will work to issue common sense decisions in a timely manner while working to keep costs down by controlling the courtroom. There are a few main issues I would like to address in Trumbull County Family Court including making the court more modern and efficient. I can make the following promises: I will be fair. My court will be transparent. I will be in charge, lawyers will not run my court. Lawyers will act with civility in my court. I won’t allow parents to use children as pawns and the best interest of the children will be paramount. I am the candidate that will make a difference.