Kathleen Ann Sutula

Office: Cuyahoga County – Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court

Age: 66

Residence: Seven Hills, OH

Email: N/A

Website: JudgeSUTULA.com

Occupation: Judge, Court of Common Pleas Cuyahoga County Ohio

Education: JD Cleveland Marshall college of law; B.A. The Ohio State University

Work Experience: Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas February 1991 to present; assistant United States attorney, Northern District of Ohio, civil division, September 1980 – February 1991; Assistant Cuyahoga county prosecutor, civil division karma 1978 to 1980; judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert be cool Pensk assistant Cuyahoga county prosecutor, civil division Cama 1978 to 1980; judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert B. Krupansky, 1976 to 1980.

Family: Sons: Christopher and Benjamin

Affiliations: Ohio Judicial Conference; United States sixth circuit judicial conference, life member; American judges association; Ohio common pleas judges Association; Brooklyn Business Exchange; see website for further information

Endorsements: The Cleveland plain dealer; they call and post; the Cleveland building and construction trades Council, fraternal order of police eighth district; association of Cleveland firefighters I AFF local 93; northern Ohio fire fighters Association; building labors union local 310; Journeyman plumbers union, local number 55; Teamsters Ohio D.R.I.V.E.; C.A.M.E.O.; The Justinian Forum

Bar Association Ratings: 3.0 Judge4Yourself

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

Incumbent judge since February,1991: elected 1992: reelected 1994, 2000, 2006, and 2012. Over 2 Years as a federal law clerk United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio 1976 to 1978; Has also prepared me for presiding over legal controversies both civil and criminal.

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

I have been involved in volunteer and charitable works from an early age. This has spanned the distance from fundraising in a local neighborhood to volunteering at the hospital, being on the board of a nonprofit transitional housing group, helping community events such as the Cleveland national air show, and many others. These experiences have allowed me to see many different walks in the avenues of life, so I’m blessed others not. This has shown me the need for compassion as well as leadership. These activities have brought it to my horizons beyond my formal schooling.

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

This particular seat is the seed I was appointed two in February 1991 by Governor Vujnovich and I have held it ever since. I like the work of the court the civil as well as the criminal and I can accomplish it fairly, impartially and errociemtly. Being efficient not only save the taxpayers money but also allows for greater accessibility to the courts by keeping the cost of litigation down and not artificially increasing it due to lack of efficiency.

Phillip S. Naumoff

Office: Richland County Common Pleas Court

Age: 57

Residence: Mansfield, OH

Email: None

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Phil Naumoff for Common Pleas Judge/

Occupation: Magistrate Mansfield Municipal Court

Education: B.A. Miami University, J.D. University of Toledo, College of Law

Work Experience: Naumoff & Naumoff (partner) 16 years in private practice, 8 1/2 years as a magistrate and acting judge this past year

Family: Married. I have one daughter, a granddaughter and stepson.

Affiliations: Board member for Area Agency on Aging, former board member of Mansfield City Parks Department, RSVP, St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church Board. I am a member of the Ohio Association of Magistrates, Ohio State Bar Association, Richland County Bar Association and a member of AMVETS Post 26.

Endorsements: Richland County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 32(unanimous), Crawford-Richland Labor Council, Carpenter’s Union 735, Laborer’s Union 1216, United Steelworkers 169, IBEW 688.

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

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

I have been the magistrate of the Mansfield Municipal Court for the last 8 1/2 years, along with serving as acting judge for this past year. During this time i have been charged with handling evictions, garnishments, traffic court and arraignments, criminal arraignments, civil trials, and dispositions. While on the bench, I have handled felony arraignments, extradition hearings, felony change of pleas, preliminary hearings, signing search and arrest warrants. I have continued to handle felony matters on a daily basis, which is exactly what I would be doing if elected to the bench in common pleas court. The Rules of Superintendents of the State of Ohio require that all felony criminal matters be heard by a judge and take precedence over civil matters. This is why the judges in common pleas court almost exclusively handle criminal matters and not much else. Magistrates are appointed and handle the majority of the civil work. I am the only candidate that has this experience. I also have presided over a jury trial, which no other candidate has done. Along with my other duties, I also have dealt with the specialty court docket which includes our drug and alcohol treatment court, veteran’s court, mental health court, domestic violence court and extension court, which deals with defendants that have been subjected to human trafficking. This experience, I believe, makes me the best and most prepared to assume the position that is now open.

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

As a practicing attorney for 16 years, prior to being appointed a magistrate for the past 8 1/2 years, I have handled a myriad of cases, ranging from misdemeanor traffic offenses to murder. I have handled cases in common pleas courts throughout Ohio, as well as municipal courts, juvenile courts, domestic relations courts, juvenile courts, appellate courts and federal courts. Along with my criminal experience, I also have handled all types of civil matters as well. It is this wide array of legal work that allows me to sit on the bench as the most qualified candidate in this race, and what earned me a unanimous endorsement from the Richland County Fraternal Order of Police. The brunt of work that falls upon the judges of the common pleas court are criminal in nature and I am the one candidate that can tout my qualifications in that aspect. Furthermore, pursuant to the requirements of the Ohio Supreme Court, in order to be appointed to handle a criminal case within the common pleas court, an attorney would have had to handle certain types of cases, within a certain time span. I am the only candidate that would be qualified to be appointed. There is not a type of case that could come before the court that I have not handled, wherefore, my past legal experience would serve me well, just as it has on the bench as a magistrate within the Mansfield Municipal Court.

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

As an immigrant, that spoke no English when i began school, this community has given me more than I could of ever hoped for. This is a way for me to give back to the citizens of this county, who have given me and my family so much. Public service has always been important to me, and why I left private practice, and this position would be an extension of that. We come into this world with nothing, and we leave with nothing. It is what we do with our lives in between that matters. By presiding over the common pleas court, I would be able to take both my private practice and magistrate’s experience and use those to make this county a safer and better place. My work with the specialty courts, as well as the Ohio Attorney General’s Opioid Task Force, have placed me in a unique position to help address the drug issues that have been plaguing this county for years. I also believe I can make a difference when dealing with other crimes, having dealt with the issues from both sides of the bench, a perspective that only I have in this race. I believe that the residents of Richland County deserve to have a competent, compassionate and caring judge, one who treats all fairly, not just the defendant, but also law enforcement, victims and all who either work within the legal system, or come into contact with it. I truly want to make this court a place for justice and resolution.

Kelly Badnell

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

Age: 52

Residence: Lexington, OH

Email: klb@badnell.com

Website: badnellforjudge.com; facebook.com/Badnellforjudge

Occupation: Attorney

Education: J.D. from Ohio Northern University; B.A., Business Administration and B.A., Political Science from Washington & Jefferson College

Work Experience: Civil and criminal litigation attorney, 1998 to present; Site acquisition and zoning compliance, 1996-1998; Assistant prosecutor, 1994-1996

Family: Married with two children.

Affiliations: First Congregational Church of Mansfield, Ohio State Bar Association

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: I have a “Very High” rating in both “Legal Ability & Ethical Standards” by Martindale-Hubbbel’s attorney peer review.

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

I am seeking judicial office for the first time.

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

I have over 20 years of relevant civil and criminal trial experience in the Court of Common Pleas. As a former assistant prosecutor, I prosecuted adult felony cases and provided legal advice to township and county officials. In my civil practice I have extensive jury trial experience on a wide variety of legal matters, including personal injury (for both plaintiffs and defendants), employment law, insurance coverage issues, mandamus actions, workers compensation claims, wage and hour law, declaratory judgment actions, and property disputes. I also have experience in land use and zoning law. It is this wide ranging experience that makes me particularly qualified to be judge. A Common Pleas Court judge presides over a wide range of cases. I have jury trial experience in most every type of case that would come before the court. I have written jury instructions, decisions, and briefs on these areas of the law. I will not be surprised or confused by the variety of cases that I would decide.

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

It is the best way I can serve the needs of our community. I am the only candidate that has current jury trial experience in the Court of Common Pleas. Additionally, I am the only candidate who is currently engaged in the private practice of law. Both of my opponents are long term government employees. I know what it is like to represent real people in court proceedings. I will apply the law in a fair, respectful manner. I will ensure that each person appearing in my court, whether plaintiff or defendant, client or attorney, is treated with dignity and respect. As a former assistant prosecutor and civil litigation attorney, I have proven trial experience in both criminal and civil law. I believe it is the Judge’s job to know the law, follow the law, and render opinions that are well reasoned and timely. I have already handled nearly all of the types of cases that would come before me as Judge of Richland County Common Pleas Court, and I already know the law in those cases. I also believe it is the judge’s obligation to ensure that the parties appearing before the court receive a fair and impartial trial and have equal access to our legal system. I will ensure that the parties and their counsel are treated with dignity, respect, and impartiality. I will ensure that the court docket is run efficiently and in a timely fashion. I believe that Richland County deserves a Judge with the most relevant experience for the job.

Andrea J. Clark

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

Age: 59

Residence: Mansfield, OH

Email: andreajan78@yahoo.com

Website: https://www.facebook.com/AndreaClarkForJudge/

Occupation: Magistrate

Education: J.D. from the C. Blake McDowell School of Law at the University of Akron; B.S.B.A from The Ohio State university

Work Experience: Staff Attorney and Magistrate at the Richland County Common Pleas Court, 2009-present. Member of Carousel Magic LLC 1993-2010.

Family: Ross Clark and I have been married for almost 35 years. I am the mother of two adult sons, Joseph and Matthew and an adult daughter, Elizabeth. Our third son, Hyrum, was killed in a car accident at age eleven. I am the proud grandmother of Abraham, Charlie and Miriam.

Affiliations: I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am a member of the Richland County Bar Association and the Ohio Association of Magistrates.

Endorsements: Retired Judge James Henson; Richland County Commissioner Darrell Banks.

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

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

While attending law school, I completed two internships with the Richland County Common Pleas Court in 2008. After I graduated in 2009, Judge James Henson and Judge James DeWeese hired me in as a full-time staff attorney. I was hired primarily to facilitate the Richland County Mortgage Conciliation Program, a program developed by Judge DeWeese and my predecessor staff attorney to move more foreclosure cases into mediation and negotiated settlements. Over nine years, I have refined the Richland County Mortgage Conciliation Program and added forms and procedures to make it more effective. I have helped hundreds of Richland County families work with their lenders to reach a home retention workout that allows them to keep their home and avoid a foreclosure judgment. When we can achieve a home retention workout, it is really a win-win. The home owner obviously wins by keeping their home. But if a lender takes a foreclosure judgment and then buys the property back at sheriff’s sale, they end up paying taxes, insurance and maintenance on that property until they can sell it. Lenders are not in the property management business, they are in the business of lending money. If a modification can be reached that turns a non-performing loan into a performing loan, the bank wins too. It may seem insignificant that I have so much experience with one type of cases, foreclosures, but there are reasons why this experience is meaningful. First, foreclosures have been between 40% and 60% of the civil caseload every year since I started working at the court, so they affect a substantial number of people in our county. Second, I have learned the alternative dispute resolution skills that judges use daily in encouraging attorneys to reach settlements and plea agreements. Third, foreclosures hit people where they live quite literally. People are emotionally invested in their homes, as well as financially. I have skills in dealing with litigants in situations that are emotionally fraught, and experience in breaking bad news to those aren’t going to be able to keep their homes. That experience has broad application in both civil and criminal cases. In April 2015, I was promoted from staff attorney to magistrate. I now conduct bench trials in foreclosures, collection actions, contract disputes and other civil cases. I have presided over criminal arraignments, extradition hearings, pretrial hearings, garnishment hearings, contempt hearings, and replevin hearings. I have researched and written hundreds of judicial decisions and orders that have gone out over the judges’ signatures, and dozens of magistrate’s decisions that went out over my own. I have the right experience in the right court. I have spent my entire legal career doing the kind of legal analysis that judges do-comparing the arguments of the parties to what the law actually says and reaching conclusions based on applying the facts of the case to the law. I have never been an advocate for either plaintiffs or defendants, so I have never developed any pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant bias. My bias, if any, is for the law, and my motto is “Get the law right!” Getting the law right prevents me from falling into the grave error of trying to legislate from the bench. I am a firm believer that the proper, constitutional, role of a judge is to apply the law as written. Sometimes that means I don’t particularly like the conclusions I reach, but I have no regrets about doing what the law requires.

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

I have only judicial legal experience.

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

I have been blessed and privileged to work with three great Richland County judges: Judge Henson, Judge DeWeese and Judge Robinson. Each has, in different ways, mentored me and taught me what it means to be a good, effective judge. The experience, knowledge, and wisdom I have gained from them is priceless and precious to me. The best way that I can pay forward what I have received working for the people of Richland County is to take that experience and follow in those judges’ footsteps, take the next step in public service, and become a common pleas court judge who brings substantial justice to those who enter our court.

Bob Umholtz

Office: Geauga County – Geauga County Common Pleas Court

Age: 67

Residence: Burton, OH

Email: robertumholtz1@gmail.com

Website: umholtzforjudge.com

Occupation: Geauga County Chief Public Defender

Education: B.A. from Malone College, J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Work Experience: Chinese Linguist – U.S. Air Force, Summary Jury Trial Co-ordinator – Staff of Federal District Court Judge Thomas D. Lambros, General Practice of Law with two private firms, Chief Public Defender for Geauga County since 1990

Family: Married to Marie. Two sons – Bob, a Major in the Air Force, is married to Melissa, a Captain in the Air National Guard – Bryen is with the United States Secret Service who for the last three years has served on a Special Ops Counter-Sniper Team.

Affiliations: Ohio State Bar Association, Geauga County Bar Association, Ohio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Past Chair of Geauga County Community Corrections Board, Past Presiding Elder of New Promise Church, Former legal advisor to West Geauga High School Mock Trial Team

Endorsements: Geauga County Tea Party

Bar Association Ratings: Received the most number of “Highly Recommended” votes from colleagues in the Geauga County Bar Association poll

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

N/A

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

Three years serving on the staff of Federal District Court Judge Thomas D. Lambros followed by thirty four years of practice with the last 29 years devoted to criminal defense work have provided me with the most in court experience. No attorney in Geauga County has spent more time representing people in the Geauga County Common Pleas Court. I have been in that Court virtually every day for nearly thirty years. No one has a better understanding of the function of that Court or the issues facing that Court. I am the only candidate who has handled capital murder cases; the only candidate with any real experience representing people charged with serious felonies; and, the only candidate with the requisite experience and specialized training necessary to qualify under the State of Ohio’s standards for appointed to represent indigent criminal defendants facing serious felony charges. Serving as the County Public Defender, I have a proven record of managing a County Department budget and personnel. I have also served on the Ohio Public Defender Commission for the past 5 years. (Having been first appointed to a 4 year term by the Ohio Supreme Court and, subsequently, a second four year term by the Governor) The Ohio Public Defender Commission oversees the State Public Defender Office with a 5,000,000 budget. Finally, having served on Kirtland City Council as council-at-large for 24 years – over 20 as Council President – provided invaluable experience in management, zoning and municipal law and responsible response to public concerns and issues.

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

George Washington advised against the formation of political parties. He warned they would breed divisiveness. Although I am a lifelong conservative, I chose to run as an independent because a judge needs to be fair, impartial and independent of political influence. If I am elected, I will owe no allegiance nor favor either major political party. Decisions will be based on the law and the Constitution. I have served Geauga County as the Chief Public Defender since 1990 and also served as a city council president for over twenty years. During my career of public service I have established a record of reaching civilly, respectfully and fairly to both sides of any issue. A look at my website will reveal the large number of people in law enforcement who have chosen to support my candidacy. These are the people who are in the best position to observe and gauge the character and ability of a candidate for Common Pleas Court Judge. They are the ones who serve and protect. They are on the streets and in the courtroom. I am humbled and honored by their support.

Dominick E. Olivito, Jr.

Office: Carroll County – Carroll County Court of Common Pleas Judge

Age: 65

Residence: Carrollton, OH

Email: reelectjudgeolivito@gmail.com

Website: Find us on Facebook @ re-elect Judge Olivito

Occupation: Carroll County Court of Common Pleas Judge

Education: J.D. from the University of Akron 1978; Passed the Ohio Bar Exam in 1978; Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Bowling Green State University 1975; 40 hours annually of Continuing Legal Education classes for the past 12 years; Death Penalty Qualification; Alternate Dispute Resolution Certification

Work Experience: I have been the Carroll County Court of Common Pleas Judge for the past 12 years. Prior to that, I owned a successful law practice for 29 years where I handled thousands of cases in the three areas of law over which I now preside as Judge – Civil, Domestic Relations and Felony Criminal. I tried 60 jury trials while in private practice, winning most of them. I was Death Penalty Qualified in my private practice. I am Death Penalty Qualified as Judge of the Carroll County Court of Common Pleas.

Family: Married for 41 years to Wife, Cindy who recently retired from the Carrollton Exempted School District where she had been an Early Childhood Pre-School Psychologist; My Son, Dr. Dominick J. Olivito, PhD Physics, is 34 years old married Father; my son, Jonathan N. Olivito, is a 31 year old married Attorney, practicing in Columbus, Ohio; my daughter, Kimberly L. Ehrman is a 27 year old, married Project Manager for FedEx.

Affiliations: Ohio State Bar Association; Carroll County Bar Association; American Judges Association; Ohio Judicial Conference; Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association; F.O.E. Eagles, Carrollton, Knights of Columbus Council 472; Carroll County Farm Bureau; Soil and Water Conservancy District Affiliate; Chamber of Commerce; Township Associate Member; Commission for Advancement of the Arts; East Ohio Forestry Association; Ohio Dam Safety Organization; Ohio Lake Management Society; Board of Trustees, St. John’s Villa former board member, American Heart Association; Academy of Model Aeronautics AMA; Centaur Radio Control Club Columbiana County; Military Vehicles Preservation Association

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

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

For the past 12 years, I have been your Carroll County Common Pleas Court Judge. During that time, I have heard and completed over 6,200 cases, participating in over 11,000 court proceedings. Less than 5 of my decisions have been overturned by the court of appeals. I have a comprehensive knowledge of the law as well as civil and criminal procedure. I am a Certified Death Penalty case Judge. I have enjoyed a reputation for efficiently completing my work, being honest, independent, ethical, responsible, diligent, fair and hardworking. During the past 12 years, I have kept my promise to maintain the trust of the voters by not solicit or accepting campaign contributions and by running a traditional, polite campaign. I care about the public’s confidence and perception of my impartiality, fairness, character, and integrity. My staff and I are often the last to leave the courthouse at the end of the day – often after 6:00 p.m. My 12 years on the bench have proven to hone my expertise, not only in the law, but in human behavior. They have deepened both my understanding and commitment to the people of our community. As a Judge, I have striven to continue to educate myself in the nuances of the law and have endeavored to make a positive impact in the lives of those who come before our court. 11,000 court proceedings later, and I stand before you a stronger, wiser, more compassionate and experienced leader than I was when you first put your trust in me 12 years ago. I am asking for your vote this November because, when it comes to our Common Pleas Court Judge, Commitment to Community, Fairness, Trust, Integrity, Competency and Experience Matter.

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

Before I became Carroll County Common Pleas Judge 12 years ago, I had a successful, well-respected 29 year private law practice in which I handled thousands of cases in the three areas of law over which I now preside as Judge – Civil, Domestic Relations and Felony Criminal. I represented thousands of individuals from Ohio in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia common pleas, municipal, county and federal courts. I tried 60 jury trials, winning most of them. My extensive private practice and trial experience is something most attorneys practicing before my court appreciate about me. It has been opined among well-practiced attorneys that it is very difficult to practice before young inexperienced judges because they don’t have the know-how to juggle hundreds of cases, and the lives that each case affects, in a skillful, efficient and unflappable manner. Resolving cases judiciously requires far more than a judge whose only tool is “because I said so.” It requires wisdom, compassion, patience and steadfast leadership. The cases that come before me aren’t just numbers in a file, they represent people, their lives and rights, in our community who count on me to be fair, deliberate and just in my decisions.

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

I am humbled to have served Carroll County as your Judge for the past 12 years and, because I live here too, I want the best candidate to become the Judge sitting on our Common Pleas Court next year. As a voter, the qualities that I consider important in a candidate are commitment to community, integrity and experience.

COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY My commitment to Carroll County is strong. I fell in love with Carroll County decades ago. Within the first year of opening my private practice in 1979, my wife Cindy and I purchased our home in Carroll County. We’ve raised three beautiful, healthy and successful children with the help of the Carroll County School System. We have been your neighbors in this county for almost 40 years. We are thankful for all of God’s blessings, and it is because I have much more to share with our community, that I am seeking my final term in office. We have worked well together these past 12 years, and we can continue to work well together into the next term because we are committed to the safety and happiness of our neighbors, family and friends.

INTEGRITY In this community, we question whether a judicial candidate should accept money from any political party, an attorney, or even a member of the community. Judges take an oath of office to be fair and impartial. A community must be able to trust that their judge remains true. You won’t find me soliciting or accepting monetary donations for my campaign. I hold office secure in the knowledge that my loyalties lie with my community and not any financial contributors.

EXPERIENCE We all want Justice to prevail, and we want our community to be a safe place for even our most vulnerable citizens. It takes a well-functioning judiciary to find the balance that ensures that the guilty are punished and the wrongly accused are acquitted. This takes years of experience to cultivate. Attorneys from both sides, court personnel, support staff, members of the community who serve as jurors – all must work together in order to produce a just result. And they must be lead by a strong, compassionate, experienced leader. When it comes to our Common Pleas Judge, Commitment to Community, Integrity, and Experience Matter.

Beth A. Tischler

Office: Sandusky County – Sandusky County Court #1- Clyde

Age: 41

Residence: Clyde, OH

Email: tischler4judge@outlook.com

Website: www.tischler4judge.com; Facebook: Elect Beth Tischler Judge

Occupation: City of Maumee- Law Director

Education: Bachelors from the University of Rio Grande; JD/MBA University of Toledo

Work Experience: Dewey & Dewey, Clyde- 2 years; Assistant Sandusky County Prosecutor- over 6 years; City of Maumee- 5 years

Family: Married to Dave Tischler since 2006, daughter age 10, son age 7

Affiliations: Lucas County Bar Association, Sandusky County Bar Association, Maumee Chamber of Commerce

Endorsements: Sandusky County Republican Party

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

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

I do not have direct judicial experience similar to almost all judicial candidates before being appointed or elected. I have extensive experience working with elected officials, working for both a County and a municipality and understand the budget process and the funding for Courts.

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

As a former Sandusky County Prosecutor I worked in all levels of criminal prosecution from juvenile to misdemeanor to felony prosecution. Further, my work for the City of Maumee has provided extensive experience in working cooperatively with the Judge and with the funding source for a municipal court operation. The intricacies of court funding along with working cooperatively make me prepared for the administrative side of being an elected official.

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

My determination to seek the bench at County Court #1- Clyde stems from my desire to give back to my community. As a lifelong Sandusky County resident I believe that as Judge I could expand upon the work of the drug and OVI dockets and work cooperatively with the other elected officials to benefit the community.

Dennis N. LoConti

Office: Lake County Common Pleas Court – General Division

Age:

Residence: Mentor, OH

Email: dloconti@dennislocontilaw.com

Website: Dennis N. LoConti for Lake County Common Pleas Court Judge (Facebook), http://www.locontiforjudge.com

Occupation: Trial Attorney

Education: Graduate of Euclid Senior High School-1974; Graduate of Cleveland State University-1979; B.A. Business Administration Graduate of Cleveland Marshall College of Law 1982 – Juris Doctor

Work Experience: Experienced trial attorney in Civil and Criminal law for more than 35 years: **Injury law, criminal defense, employment and discrimination litigation, First Amendment Rights (Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech), business, contracts, tortuous interference, covenants not to compete, trade secrets, defamation, juvenile and family law, probate, and many other types of cases that come before the Common Pleas Courts; **Handled serious criminal matters, complicated civil cases and high profile cases covered by the various media; I am an experienced litigation attorney having handled numerous employment discrimination/wrongful discharge cases (gender, sexual harassment, race, ADA, and age), from their inception with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission through trial and verdict in State and Federal Court, as well as Administrative Trials/Hearings with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I have equally handled cases involving product liability, criminal defense, personal injury and various business lawsuits through trial and verdict, in jury and bench trial situations. My representation and successful results have occurred on both sides of the civil litigation arena, giving me broad experience in plaintiff and defendant oriented issues and concerns. My experience extends to complicated litigation, including the first Latex Glove Allergy lawsuit to go to trial in Cuyahoga County (employer intentional tort case), the defense of a 13 year old boy on Murder charges in New Philadelphia, Ohio in 1999 (case lasted 6 weeks), and the defense of several police officers in the 1991 FBI-Cleveland Police sting cases involving gambling and drug charges. I represented and recovered compensation for several Mothers and severely autistic children who were sexually molested at school by an employee who was one of the worst child molesters in Ohio history; Criminal trial experience includes cases of homicide, rape, robbery, burglary, felonious assault, kidnapping, drugs, public corruption, child endangering, and child abuse. **Successfully handled civil and criminal appeals before State and Federal Courts of Appeals; **Served as an Early Neutral Evaluator and Mediator for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio; **Admitted to practice in all Ohio Courts including the Ohio Supreme Court, The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and The United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals;

Family: Married to Deborah for 33 years with three (3) adult children. My oldest daughter works for the Alzheimer’s Association, my Son is a College Administrator and my youngest Daughter is a High School English Teacher.

Affiliations: Served for six (6) years as Legal Advisor/Coach/Mentor High School Mock Trial Team; Former Scoutmaster-Boy Scout Troop 175, Mentor and Mentor on the Lake (15 Eagle Scouts); **Have spent countless hours, days and weekends in volunteer service to youth in Lake County in order to help develop them into outstanding and patriotic adult citizens; Guest Speaker/Lecturer on law to High School students; **Began volunteering to visit high schools in the 1980’s and has continued this activity at Mentor High School in order to educate students about the dangers of driving under the influence and about court proceedings; Member – Fraternal Order of Eagles

Endorsements: Preferred endorsement by The Justinian Forum; Endorsed by UAW Northeast Ohio CAP Council

Bar Association Ratings: Recommended by the Lake County Bar Association

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

Currently serve as “Acting Judge” for the Mentor Municipal Court since 2016.

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

I am an experienced litigation attorney with a wide practice history in Criminal and Civil law. My experience includes cases of homicide, rape, robbery, burglary, felonious assault, kidnapping, drugs, public corruption, child endangering, and child abuse, as well as complicated civil litigation of employment discrimination/wrongful discharge cases (gender, sexual harassment, race, ADA, and age) through trial and verdict in State and Federal Courts, Administrative Trials/Hearings with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I have equally handled cases involving product liability, personal injury, contracts, tortuous interference, covenants not to compete, trade secrets, defamation and various business lawsuits through trial and verdict, in jury and bench trial situations. I am experienced in First Amendment law having represented clients in defense of their rights to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion. My representation and successful results have occurred on both sides of the civil litigation arena, giving me broad experience in plaintiff and defendant oriented issues and concerns. I have had the opportunity to sharpen my trial and legal skills representing a number of business and government clients in complicated and involved civil matters. I will bring to the Court an understanding of how our Constitutional Rights and statutory laws apply equally to all individuals and entities that come to a court for resolution of disputes, as well as a maturity and calm professional demeanor that is the result of almost 36 years of legal practice in Ohio. I believe in a deep commitment to fair and impartial adjudication of cases, the utmost protection of Constitutional Rights, and the knowledge that respect for our Courts by the public demands that people feel that they had a fair opportunity to present their cases.

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

I would be honored to be given the opportunity to serve on the Bench after almost 36 years of practicing law and representing individuals and businesses in the courtroom. I can bring a wealth of experience, maturity, patience and a fresh perspective to our Court. Becoming a judge is about serving the community with all of the abilities that I have acquired during my career, and remembering why I became an attorney so long ago. I have spent my career helping people who were ill-equipped to represent themselves in the face of important and often tragic events in their lives, and the opportunity to change hats and take on the obligation of ensuring that people continue to have a Court that will provide justice is important to me. I believe that you contribute positively to your community and make it a better place for people to live by giving back, and I can do that effectively as a Judge. I want to protect and serve our community and I deeply believe in our legal process. I look forward to bringing my experience and commitment to the ideals of justice to this most important position of trust because a Judge is responsible to ensuring that the Courts remain the appropriate venue for the resolution of conflicts. That is why I want to become a Judge.

Lon’Cherie’ D Billingsley

Office: Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, General Division

Age: 34

Residence: Cleveland, OH

Email: Billingsley4judge@gmail.com

Website: Www.billingsley4judge.com, Www.weneedgoodjudges.com

Occupation: Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Education: I received a Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University, a High School Diploma from John F. Kennedy High School, and I attended Martin Luther King Law & Public Service High School as well as St. Agatha/St. Aloysius Elementary School

Work Experience: Contract attorney at Jones Day, Contact attorney at Baker Hostetler, Solo Practitioner, Law Clerk at the Spanish American Committee, Public Interest Fellow at Towards Employment, Program Assistant at the Law & Leadership Summer Institute, Personal Banking Consultant at Ohio Savings Bank, Front Desk Associate at the Hyatt Regency, New and Used Car Sales at Ganley Parma Imports, Data Entry at Starting Point, Data Entry at AMPCO Parking, Factory Worker at Steris, General Activities Therapist at Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correction Center, English Teacher in Mexico, English Teacher in Costa Rica, Loss Prevention Specialist at MBNA America, Guest Services at Target, Cashier at Tops, Server at Ponderosa, and Cashier at Heinen’s

Family: 10 year-old daughter

Affiliations: Vice President of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, Vice President of the Max 8 Legacy Group, Board Member of the Consumer Affairs Advisory Board, Member of the Black Prosecutors Association, Member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member of the Hispanic Bar Association, Member of the Westshore Bar Association, and Member of the Word Church

Endorsements: Cleveland American Middle Eastern Organization and the Black Women’s Political Action Committee

Bar Association Ratings: Did not participate due to lack of transparency

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

This would be my first time serving Cuyahoga county as a judge.

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

The judicial branch of our government is tasked with interpreting our laws. However, practically speaking, the judge is similar to a referee during trial. As an assistant prosecutor, I’ve studied Ohio rules and laws and interpreted them on a consistent basis while participating in thousands of civil and criminal cases. I have spent the majority of my time in the courtroom advocating for the people of the state of Ohio and Cuyahoga county. I have practiced in the trial courts of Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, Juvenile Division, Domestic Relations Division, and various Municipal Divisions. Additionally, when there is a question of whether a judge followed the law at the trial court level, I have represented our community before the 8th District Court of Appeals in over 20 cases. Therefore, I have acted as the referee in my criminals cases (prior to trial) trying to keep all parties from conducting themselves in a way that could infringe on an individuals Constitutional rights and result in an appeals case. I have developed a reputation as a strong individual. I will not be bullied or forced to do something that I believe is wrong. With me as your judge, I will continue to be a strong individual. I will also be understanding that people need to be evaluated as individuals with goals and desires and not as faceless cases. I will evaluate the information presented to me and require legal support for legal conclusions that are presented. I want everyone who votes for me to hold me accountable for the decisions I make. Come to the courtroom to observe, write letters, write articles, let your voice be heard!! If the conclusion you desire is outside of the legal powers of the court, I will direct you to who can give you more direction and assistance. In conclusion, my non-judicial experience has shown me that judges don’t do enough. However, I am an individual who works hard, has abundant experience in court, has a passion for the law, and shows respect to everyone I encounter. These qualities and more, make me qualified to serve as judge. My passion will cultivate a judge who produces positive outcomes. Let’s do more for our county, let’s require more of our judges, and let’s elect Lon’Cherie’ D. Billingsley.

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

We need a change, therefore, I am running for this particular seat to be the fair, impartial, community-minded judge that we need in Cuyahoga county. As a citizen, I have sat back and complained long enough. It is time to be an active part of the solution. I want to see more accountability for judges. Therefore, as a judge, I would take on the mantle of informing our community. I would host workshops on current laws and facilitate forums to help people with everyday issues (such as, how to not be a victim of crime). Additionally, I will find a way to obtain statistics and publish that information so that there is quantifiable proof that what we’re doing in court is having a positive impact on our community. As a lawyer, I have the courtroom experience, patience, and desire to listen to the facts of each case and apply the law to the facts. Therefore, I would answer written pretrial motions in writing with an explanation on why the court ruled for or against a particular party. I will also improve court efficiency. Within the first few weeks of taking the bench, I will schedule civil and criminal cases for hearing (focusing on criminal cases that have been pending longer than one year and civil cases that have been pending longer than two years). I would also treat all individuals, lawyers and non-legal individuals, with the respect and dignity you should be afforded in court. We need to take responsibility for the change we want in our community. We need to eradicate this fear and distrust of our neighbors. We can work together, as a community, to cultivate a safer, more prosperous Cuyahoga county. The time has passed for electing judges with a political platform. Let’s eject judges who have a passion for our community and a dedication to serve. Bubble-In Billingsley on November 6, 2018!!

Michael Barr

Office: Meigs County Court

Age: 39

Residence: Racine, OH

Email: mlbarr@littlesheetsbarr.com

Website: https://www.facebook.com/MickForMeigs/

Occupation: Partner at Little, Sheets & Barr, LLP

Education: J.D. from Capital University Law School; B.S. from Ohio University

Work Experience: Served 18 months as Acting Judge in the Meigs County Court; licensed to practice law in Ohio and West Virginia for nearly 10 years

Family: Married with one son

Affiliations: Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association; Board of Directors of the Meigs County Community Improvement Corporation

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

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

I served as Acting Judge of the Meigs County Court from January 2017 until June 2018. My appointment ended in June 2018 with the passing of Judge Steven L. Story, who had appointed me to the position in January 2017.

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

Being a partner at a law firm in a small town, I have broad legal experience in nearly every area of the law. I am licensed to practice law in both Ohio and West Virginia, and routinely represent individual and commercial clients in state and federal courts, in real estate and associated business transactions, collection matters, and general civil litigation matters.

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

Simply put- I want to help the people of Meigs County, Ohio. During my 1 ½ years as Acting Judge of the Meigs County Court, I gained invaluable judicial experience, and saw first-hand the opportunity available to the Judge of the Meigs County Court to help battle the opioid epidemic we presently face. Because the Meigs County Court hears misdemeanor criminal matters (felonies are heard in the Common Pleas Court), this Court plays a crucial role in the criminal justice system. Very rarely is a person’s first criminal act a felony; often, the person that commits a felony has committed misdemeanor crimes in the past. If elected, I will use every tool and resource available to the Judge of the Meigs County Court, including but not limited to a robust probation department and a specialized drug court docket, to see that those who commit misdemeanors do not graduate to committing felonies. We are not able to solve all problems in the Meigs County Court, but we can certainly do our part- and we must do it well. If elected, I will see that the Court’s criminal and civil docket is run efficiently, effectively, and in a friendly manner that serves the public and the litigants who come before it.