Kristin G. Farmer

Office: For Judge of the Stark County Court of Common Pleas, General Division
Term Beginning 1/1/2021


Party Affiliation: Republican

Age: 43

Residence: Alliance

Email: judgekgfarmer@starkcountyohio.gov

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Occupation: Judge-Stark County Court of Common Pleas-General Division

Education: J.D. Case Western University School of Law (2001)

Work Experience: Judge of Stark County Court of Common Pleas since 2013, Magistrate with the Court from 2003-2013

Family: Married with 2 children

Affiliations: Roman Catholic

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Bar Association Ratings: 2020: Highly Recommended by Judiciary Committee of Stark County Bar Association

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
2003-2007: Staff Attorney and Magistrate for Hon. Sara Lioi (Stark County Court of Common Pleas-General Division) 2007-2013: Staff Attorney and Magistrate for Hon. V. Lee Sinclair (Stark County Court of Common Pleas-General Division) 2013-Current: Judge of the Stark County Court of Common Pleas (General Division)

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
Prior to working with the Court, I was an Assistant Prosecutor with the Alliance Law Director’s Office (2001-2003). During my time as an Assistant Prosecutor, I conducted multiple hearings, including Court and Jury Trials, on behalf of the State of Ohio/City of Alliance. That experience gave me first-hand knowledge of the struggles faced by attorneys during litigation and ways in which the Court can intervene and assist to make sure that each case and each litigant gets to have their “day in Court.” My experiences as a Staff Attorney and Magistrate were under the supervision of two very wise and seasoned Judges. From each of them, I have learned how to be fair, impartial, and efficient in running a Court docket.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
For the past 7 years, it has been my honor to serve the citizens of Stark County in a Judicial capacity. I have had the opportunity, especially while presiding over the Court’s Drug Court program, to help people change their lives around. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to help victims of crimes bring closure to the worst chapters in their lives. All of this has truly been rewarding. I am running to retain my seat on the bench to continue this positive work and to make sure that all litigants are treated fairly and respectfully.

Cheryl L. Waite

Office: For Judge of the Seventh District Court of Appeals
Term Beginning 2/10/2021


Party Affiliation: Democrat

Age: 60

Residence: Youngstown

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Occupation: Judge, Seventh District Court of Appeals

Education: B.A. from Youngstown State University, J.D. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University

Work Experience: Assistant Law Director, City of Youngstown 1986-1996, Court of Appeals Judge 1997-present

Family: Husband, Atty. Ed Romero and two children

Affiliations: YWCA Emeritus Board Member, former Chief Judge of the Ohio Courts of Appeal Association, former President of Gateways Industries Board, former member of Gateways to Better Living Board, Ohio Bar Assoc., American Bar Assoc.

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(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
I began my judicial career in 1997 when I took the bench on the Seventh District Court of Appeals and have consistently served on this bench to the present day.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I began my legal career working as a lawyer for the City of Youngstown. I also served for several years as its acting Risk Manager. Because I had a degree in English Literature, I was hired to primarily handle all appellate work, both state and federal. In my years with the City, I handled hundreds of appeals, start to finish, in many appellate districts, the Ohio Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit Federal Court, and I have filed in the U. S. Supreme Court. Additionally, I handled hearings and appeals for boards and commissions, worked in human relations, negotiated union contracts and advised the mayor and members of counsel.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I have spent over 20 years as an appellate judge. I am serving, once again, as the Presiding Judge of this court. I love appellate work, I love serving the people of the Seventh District, and I would be honored to continue to serve.

L. Scott Powell

Office: For Judge of the Meigs County Court of Common Pleas, Probate/Juvenile Division
Term Beginning 2/9/2021

Party Affiliation: Republican

Age: 50

Residence: Pomeroy

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Occupation: Judge

Education: Juris Doctoral from the University of Detroit Law School, Bachelor Business Administration from Ohio University, Meigs High School graduate

Work Experience: Past Asst. Meigs Prosecutor, Private Practice, Past Village of Pomeroy Magistrate

Family: Married with one child

Affiliations: First Baptist Church of Racine

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(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
My judicial experience is serving as Judge of Meigs Probate/Juvenile Divisions of the Court of Common Pleas since February 9th, 2003. I also served as the first Village of Pomeroy Magistrate. I have been appointed as a visiting judge by the Ohio Supreme Court in serve in Gallia County, Vinton County, Athens County, and Washington County. I have also substituted when requested for the Criminal Division of the Meigs County Court of Common Pleas over the past 17 years for numerous arraignments, conflicts, plea agreements, and the empaneling of grand juries. I also was recently entrusted with a special appointment by the Ohio Supreme Court to assist and manage the docket for Meigs County Court after the unfortunate and sudden death of Judge Steve Story.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I have been, am, and will be very active in the Meigs County communities through serving on various committees, my church, and helping the local schools any way that I can. I also serve on the board of directors, and as a past president of the board, at the Hocking Valley Community Residential Center in Nelsonville, Ohio, with over 12 other southeastern Ohio juvenile judges.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
It is a re-election of my current position and to continue to serve Meigs County.

Timothy P. Cannon

Office: For Judge of the Eleventh District Court of Appeals
Term Beginning 2/9/2021

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Age: 64

Residence: Painesville

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Website: www.reelectjudgecannon.com

Social Media: Facebook Re-elect Judge Timothy Cannon

Occupation: Judge, 11th District Court of Appeals

Education: J.D. Cleveland Marshall College of Law 1980

Work Experience: 27 years as an attorney, 13th year on the 11th District Court of Appeals

Family: 
Married 40 years, 2 children and 2 grandchildren

Affiliations: 
Ohio Bar Assn., Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Trumbull and Portage County Bar Assns

Endorsements: 2014 Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2014 Youngstown Vindicator

Bar Association Ratings: 2020 Trumbull County Bar Assn” Preferred Candidate”. 2014 Lake County Bar Assn “Highly Recommended” (100% affirmative vote!) 2014 Portage County Bar Assn “Highly Recommended”

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
Judge, 11th District Court of Appeal, August 2007 to present. Visiting Justice, Ohio Supreme Court, 4 occasions since 2009. Administrative and Presiding Judge 5 different years. Currently, Presiding Judge 11th District Court of Appeals.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
Prior to becoming judge, I had a very broad based law practice for 27 years. Since becoming judge in 2007, I have worked very hard to stay up to date on developments and changes in the law. The Lake County Bar Association, where I am known best, has been conducting a judicial poll since the 1970’s. At the time of completion of this form, they have not yet conducted their poll for 2020. However, in 2014, I was the first judge in the history of the poll to receive a 100% affirmative vote.

I have been asked on many occasions to lecture on a variety of topics. In fact, the Ohio Supreme Court has requested many times over the past few years that I come to help train the new appellate judges. I enjoy doing that, because each time I update my materials and prepare for the new judge orientation, I learn more about the current trends in the law.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I have been in this seat since August of 2007. I believe I become a better judge with each year that goes by. I have always had a love for the law. My father was an attorney for almost 50 years. We practiced law together for over 20 years. I understand the importance of the work we do, and the need for judges to resolve cases based on the law, and not some philosophical ideal of what we may individually believe.

I believe my willingness to lecture on topics related to our work, and the commitment to resolve cases in an efficient manner help in the quality of service we provide to litigants. I’ve been appointed to serve by assignment on the Ohio Supreme Court by three different Chief Justices. I believe my experience of serving in that capacity has helped my understanding of what should be expected of the courts of appeals.

Dana S. Preisse

Office: For Judge of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations/Juvenile Division
Term Beginning 1/2/2021

Party Affiliation: Republican

Age: 59

Residence: Dublin

Email: dana_preisse@fccourts.org

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Social Media: http://www.Facebook.com/judgepreisse

Occupation: Judge

Education: J.D. Capital University Law School 1985; B.A. Journalism The Ohio State University 1982

Work Experience: 24 years as a Judge in Domestic Relations/Juvenile Division. Eleven years in private practice with a small law firm, prior. Represented people in family court and also in general division civil courts with experience in jury trials, appellate courts, administrative hearings throughout Ohio.

Family: Married with adult children

Affiliations: 
The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Board member. Franklin Park Conservatory, Women’s Board. President of the Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges. Ohio Judicial Conference Executive Board Member. Juvenile Law and Procedure Committee, Domestic Relations Law and Procedure Committee, Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Endorsements: (too early for endorsements when this was filled out in February)

Bar Association Ratings: too early at this point for 2020 and I need to get specifics for prior years but they have all been very good.

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
1997 through 2020, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations and Juvenile Division.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
As a practicing attorney for over a decade, I was active in the Columbus Bar Association (CBA) Family Law Committee and represented individuals of all walks of life, race, sexual identity and income levels. I had the good fortune of working with some very experienced, highly reputable and talented trial attorneys who taught me the correct way to try a case to a jury or judge. I had trials in front of juries in several counties and presented a thousand cases at administrative hearings throughout Ohio. Thus, I know what it means to be a good and fair judge, before I was ever elected, because frankly, I came across some judges that were neither.

I knew that having the proper temperament was important and I have lived up to that standard, mixing in humor when appropriate to reduce the tension in the courtroom. I worked hard and efficiently in private practice which translated into the same hard work on the bench. I had a breadth of experience from simple cases in small claims, to very complicated cases in common pleas and appellate courts. I learned that when a judge treats clients fairly and with respect, even if the case does not go their way, they respect the outcome and the judicial system. Litigants and attorneys dislike arrogance in judges and appreciate kindness, as we all should. Practicing in front of scores of judges throughout Ohio taught me a lot about judging, before I became one.

I have mentored high school and law school students. Maintaining a good reputation among peers has always been paramount, both on the bench and prior. I did pro bono work with the “Lawyers for Justice” CBA sub-committee and continue to be active with the CBA, welcoming new attorneys. I volunteered to serve on numerous committees for the Supreme Court of Ohio including the Guardian ad Litem Task Force and the Continuity of Operations Committee (Disaster Planning ) and have served as a panelist, for continuing educational purposes for both attorneys and judges.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I love my job and the challenges it presents. And the legal community strongly supports me in keeping it. That is why I am running to maintain my seat.

As the senior judge on our court and after two decades and over 150,000 cases, I still love what I do. It is a privilege to serve on the domestic relations and juvenile court bench where we get to help people who are often in difficult situations, solve their issues. I also want to continue projects that I spearheaded and oversee such as Family Recovery Court and Juvenile Recovery Court. In 2002 we created the first drug court in Franklin County, known now as Recovery Court. I have witnessed firsthand the scourge illegal opioids, heroin and fentanyl have inflicted on our families. Our voluntary but intensive program helps parents achieve and maintain sobriety so that their children can be returned to their care. Parents learn parenting skills through classes, must do random drug tests and counseling, are assisted in finding affordable housing (tremendously difficult in central Ohio) and are linked with other support systems. Juvenile Recovery Court started more recently. We are assisting non-violent teens in the juvenile system, achieve permanent sobriety and put them on the road to education and employment rather than on to a path of crime. The graduation ceremonies of our two recovery courts are the highlights of my year.

We also started a raised-bed garden on the concrete courtyard at the Juvenile Intervention Center. I plant alongside the youth detained there, colorful flowers, herbs and vegetables that truly brighten the space and at the same time provide the fixings for salsa when ripened! Most of the youth have never tasted a raw herb, dug a hole in the soil, or watched a plant grow.

As families break apart, spouses, parents and children want a judge with experience, knowledge and compassion. I believe the Columbus Bar Association’s annual rating of me which is based on the opinions of attorneys that practice in my court everyday, prove that I have those qualities. Thank you for taking the time to read about the judicial candidates. No one wants to be in court. It is stressful and expensive. But if you end up in court, you want an experienced, thoughtful individual handling your case. I respectfully ask for your vote November 3rd.

Jenifer A. French

Office: For Judge of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, General Division
Term Beginning 2/9/2021

Party Affiliation: Republican

Age: 46

Residence: Westerville

Email: jenfrench55@gmail.com

Website: judgejeniferfrench.com

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Occupation: Judge-Common Pleas Court

Education: The Ohio State University-BA Criminal Justice, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, JD cum laude

Work Experience: Wayne Thomas and Associates, complex civil litigation attorneyLane Alton, civil litigator

Family: Married with 3 children

Affiliations: 
Member of Women Lawyers of Franklin County, 100 Women of Westerville, The Columbus Bar Association, St Paul Catholic Church

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Bar Association Ratings: “Highly Recommended” by the Columbus Bar Association in 2014 election

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
I have been a judge on the Franklin County Common Pleas Court for 5 years.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I studied criminal law at The Ohio State University for 4 years prior to law school. Following my graduation from law school I practiced in the field of complex civil litigation for a small firm in San Diego. Given the size of the firm, I was almost immediately handling my own cases from start to finish. This helped me to learn the world of civil law very early on in my career. I was taking depositions, representing clients in mediations and trying cases in my first year of practice. Most of the lawyers from other firms that were involved in these cases were much more experienced than I was, so I had to learn quickly. I also was handling cases that involved areas of the law that I had not necessarily studied in law school.

Being a judge requires that you be familiar and competent to handle cases in many areas of the law that you may not have been exposed to during your time as a lawyer. This requires a great deal of hard work and you cannot be afraid to ask questions.

I had the same experience as a lawyer, so when I became a judge, I knew how to handle it.

As a judge in Franklin County, you have to be able to handle both civil and criminal cases. My experience and education positioned me to be knowledgeable in both areas. Finally, as a lawyer handling complex cases that generally involved dozens of lawyers, I had to navigate my way through a multitude of different personalities and skill levels. Judges have to do the same thing when it comes to the parties and the lawyers. I learned diplomacy as a lawyer and I use it every day as a judge.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am running to keep my seat on the Franklin County Common Pleas Court because this court provides me with the opportunity, almost every day, to have a positive impact on our community. On this court, we have the ability to change lives, to save lives and to make the world a better place. There is enormous responsibility with this position, because there is enormous power. It is vital to use that power to make positive change and to help people. I do this on a daily basis and it is incredibly rewarding.

I take the responsibility of this job very seriously because I know my decisions impact so many aspects of the lives of the people who appear in my courtroom. I strive to work with the lawyers and the litigants to think outside of the box to find solutions, when we can, to the issues in front of us. I will often bring in the parties and their lawyers to try to work through their disagreements in a civilized, peaceful manner.

In criminal cases, I work very hard to put myself in the shoes of both the defendant and the victim in aiding with plea negotiations and when sentencing. I have a very hands on approach because we are not dealing with “cases,” we are dealing with people. This court deals with felonies and civil cases where a great deal of money is in dispute, so the stakes are high.

I am running to keep my seat so that I can continue to ensure that the playing fields are level and that every person who walks into my courtroom knows that they will be heard and treated fairly.

Richard S. Skelton

Office: For Judge of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, General Division
Term Beginning 1/3/2021

Party Affiliation: Republican

Age: 66

Residence: Oakwood

Email: Richard.Skelton@montcourt.oh.gov

Website: n/a

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Occupation: Judge

Education: JD, University of Dayton

Work Experience: Trial attorney from 1988 to 2015

Family: Engaged

Affiliations: 
Ohio Bar Association; Dayton Bar Association

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(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
Full time Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge starting in January of 2015 to present.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
My private practice focused on the very types of cases most often filed in the Common Pleas Court, to wit: Felonies and Tort Civil Litigation. I received the highest ethical rating by the top lawyer ranking entity in the United States, Martindale Hubbell. I have been a problem solver my entire career and have a reputation as a litigator that can see both sides of a dispute. When I ran for election in 2014, I received multiple endorsements from police agencies – not common for an attorney who practiced a significant amount of criminal defense.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I have been hands on working with low level felony offenders. I have utilized efforts to help defendants and felons employment as I believe that is one of the most important stepping stones toward rehabilitation. I am dedicated to serving the community that I have lived in my entire life. I am proud of Montgomery County, Ohio and will work hard to make it a better place to live.

Curt C. Hartman

Office: For Judge of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, General Division
Term Beginning 1/4/2021

Party Affiliation: Republican

Age: 55

Residence: Cincinnati/Anderson Township

Email: Curt.Hartman@1987.usna.com

Website: www.hartmanforjudge.com

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Occupation: Attorney, private practice

Education: B.S., United States Naval Academy; M.A., Georgetown University; J.D., Vanderbilt Law School

Work Experience: I have over 23 years of private law practice involving both civil and criminal matters, as well as practicing at all levels of the state and federal courts, including before the U.S. Supreme Court. Additionally, I served as a judge on the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, presiding over felony criminal matters and multi-milion dollar civil litigation. Finally, I served in the United States Navy as a nuclear-trained officer on board a fast-attack submarine.

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Affiliations: 
Cincinnati Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association

Endorsements: Greater Cincinnati Right to Life PAC – http://www.crtlpac.org/endorse.html

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
For nearly 2 years, from 2017 to 2018, I served as a judge in the General Division of the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, presiding over multi-million dollar civil cases and felony criminal matters, including murder cases, rapes, and significant drug related offenses. I am the only candidate in this race with such judicial experience in the General Division of the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I am the only candidate in this race with the broad background and experience, both on and off the bench, to serve the people of Hamilton County in the fair and impartial administration of justice. As part of my 25 years of being an attorney, my private practice of law included serving as a law clerk for a federal court of appeals judge and working for two major law firms in Cincinnati, dealing predominately with complex civil cases. For nearly 16 years, I owned and operated my own law practice, representing and advising individuals and small family businesses.

Through my private law practice and during my time serving as a Common Pleas Court Judge, I was involved in a variety of criminal and civil matters, including trials and appeals — as both a judge and as an attorney. Through this broad experience of law, I better understand and appreciate the significant impact, both financially and emotionally, that being involved in any manner in the legal system has on both individuals and businesses. It is something I think about and appreciate in each case.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I want to serve the people of Hamilton County in ensuring the predictability, stability and accountability provided by the law. During my prior tenure as a Common Pleas Court Judge, I demonstrated the ability to bring the experience and insight necessary to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice, while also recognizing and appreciating that matters that come before the courts are not simply theoretical exercises. Instead, the cases, both criminal and civil, involve real individuals for whom the decisions that I make have a direct personal impact upon them, their families and others, as well as effecting society as a whole.

I proved myself as one who didn’t simply seek or desire the title of the office of judge but, instead, that I was dedicated and committed to doing the job of a judge and doing with fairness, respectfulness and a commitment to doing the right thing in each case. I have proven myself worthy of this high office and wish to return and further my commitment to the law and to the people of Hamilton County.

Amanda Miller

Office: For Judge of the Tuscarawas County Court of Common Pleas, Probate/Juvenile Division
Term Beginning 2/9/2021

Party Affiliation: Republican

Age: 43

Residence: Dover

Email: pdakm@hotmail.com

Website: www.AmandaMillerforJudge.com

Social Media: Facebook @AmandaMillerforJudge

Occupation: Tuscarawas County Juvenile Prosecutor and Assistant Tuscarawas County Prosecutor

Education: J.D. University of Akron

Work Experience: Tuscarawas County Prosecutor’s Office, 2009 – Present, Assistant Tuscarawas County Public Defender, 2005 – 2009

Family: Married with one Daughter

Affiliations: 
Member, Immaculate Conception Church; Tuscarawas County Agriculture Society Volunteer; Tuscarawas County 4-H Volunteer; Dover High School Mock Trial Legal Advisor; Stark Regional Community Corrections Center Facility Governing Board Member, Member of Tuscarawas County Bar Association

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(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
I have no prior judicial experience.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I have been the Tuscarawas County Juvenile Prosecutor for the past ten years and was an Assistant Tuscarawas County Public Defender assigned to our Juvenile Court for three years prior to becoming a prosecutor. I have been practicing in all Tuscarawas County Courts for the past fifteen years defending and protecting our local families and children. I was certified as a forensic interviewer of child victims through the Beyond the Silence Program. I have prosecuted over five hundred adult felony cases including rape and murder and have thirteen years of jury trial experience. I have been a facility governing board member of Stark Regional Community Corrections Facility for twelve years, working with multiple counties and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. I have worked closely with all ten public school districts, including Buckeye Career Center for the past ten years in both a diversionary and prosecutorial capacity.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
During the past ten years serving as Tuscarawas County Juvenile Prosecutor, it has become abundantly clear that we need significant changes in our Juvenile and Probate Court. We need a full-time judge who will engage in evidence-based best practices and participate in community collaborations to maximize the amount of programming and services offered to our families and residents. Over the past five years the number of juveniles appearing before the Court with addictions, serious mental health issues and dual-diagnosis challenges has increased. These juveniles often do not respond to the traditional modes of basic supervision and incarceration historically utilized. We need a comprehensive assessment program in place to identify issues, trauma and risk factors that begins immediately upon contact with the Court in order to activate the appropriate response as quickly as possible. In conjunction with this, I look forward to the opportunity to bring a juvenile drug court specialized docket to our Court in which long-term treatment and recovery is the primary focus.

I also look forward to implementing a countywide juvenile work program which would provide meaningful services to all the villages, cities and townships in Tuscarawas County. It has been my experience that no child will successfully transition to independent adulthood without a sense of discipline and work ethic. So many of our juveniles are without a parent who models these vital character traits. I believe that when the law is violated, a debt is owed to the community regardless of your age. Community service is an excellent repercussion for bad behavior but also a great tool to build character, life skills and pride in juveniles lacking those examples in their homes. Preparing a juvenile to successfully transition into adulthood and independence is the best way to ensure they avoid further court involvement.

I would work diligently to expedite our probate and paternity/custody cases to provide stability to families in a timely fashion. I believe it is possible to utilize mediation programs to bring these cases to conclusion quickly and without incurring large financial obligations.

Finally, I want to ensure that those appointed by the Court responsible for children, the elderly and incompetent are not only qualified, but properly trained and reviewed frequently to prevent any abuse or neglect of their wards. I believe I am the best choice to move our Juvenile/Probate Court forward into the future.

Thomas O. Beridon

Office: For Judge of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, General Division
Term Beginning 2/11/2021

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Age: 47

Residence: Hamilton

Email: vote@judgeberidon.com

Website: https://www.judgeberidon.com

Social Media: @judgeberidon; FB @judgeberidon

Occupation: Judge, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas

Education: J.D. from the University of Cincinnati – B.S. from Ohio University

Work Experience: I served as a Hamilton County public defender from 1999 to 2004 and prosecutor at the City of Cincinnati from 2004 to 2008. I was a senior City Solicitor representing the City in the Court of Common Pleas from 2007 to 2013. From 2012 till I was elected to the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas in 2018 I was the Chief Hearing Examiner for the City of Cincinnati.

Family: Married with 2 children

Affiliations: 
Cincinnati Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Talbert House – past Board Member, Nativity Parish – past Parish Council President, Cincinnati Works- former Chair of the Legal Advisory board, Hamilton County Criminal Justice Commission – former Member

Endorsements: Hamilton County Democratic Party, Equality Cincinnati

Bar Association Ratings: The Cincinnati Bar Association does not rate in judicial races

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years)
Judge / Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas / 2018 – present; Chief Hearing Examiner / City of Cincinnati / 2012 – 2018; Arbitrator, Better Business Bureau and Hamilton County Courts / 2002 – 2004

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I graduated from the University of Cincinnati Law School in 1999 and joined the Hamilton County Public Defender’s juvenile division, where I gained immediate trial experience. I than practiced in the City of Cincinnati Prosecutor’s office. After 4 years of prosecuting criminal cases I was promoted to the City Solicitor’s office where I represented the City in civil matters in State and Federal court, and as a Neighborhood Prosecutor for Cincinnati Police District 4. Finally, I served as the Chief Hearing Officer in the Office of Administrative Hearings immediately prior to my election to the Court of Common Pleas. My experience in defense, prosecution, and civil litigation has prepared me to preside, efficiently and fairly, over the myriad of cases that I hear daily in Common Pleas Court.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
Throughout my legal career I have fought to ensure that everyone has equal access to justice. I protected our youth as a public defender, sought justice for victims as a prosecutor, and provided free legal counsel to those who could not afford it. As a Common Pleas Judge, I have ensured that justice is delivered properly and fairly on the merits of each case that comes before me.