Joseph J. Zone

Office: Cuyahoga County – Cleveland Municipal Court

Age: 63

Residence: Cleveland, OH

Email: zonej@cmcoh.org

Website: N/A

Occupation: Judge, Cleveland Municipal Court, since January 1, 2000

Education: St. Edward High School, Kent State University (B.A.); Cleveland Marshall College of Law (J.D.)

Work Experience: Private Practice of Law (1981-2000); Councilman, Cleveland City Council (1995-1999); Judge, Cleveland Municipal Court (2000-present)

Family: Married for twenty-nine years to Joan K. Pellegrin (Domestic Violence Magistrate, Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court)

Affiliations: American Judges Association (Board of Governors); Northern Ohio Municipal Judges Association (past President)

Endorsements: Judge4Yourself: Since the inception of Judge4Yourself I have never received less than the highest ratings from all participating associations.

Bar Association Ratings: See above.

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):
Judge, Cleveland Municipal Court, January 1, 2000 to the present

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I was a Cleveland City Councilman from 1996 until 2000. I am very mindful of the impact my judicial decisions maker not just on the individual but on the entire community. I was also a private practitioner for the first eighteen years of my legal career. This gave me the opportunity to appreciate the magnitude of the decisions made by the Court and effect of the practices of Court staff on parties and witnesses before the Court. My undergraduate degree is in Social Work and my experience as a teaching assistant in the Positive Education Program have been invaluable in shaping my skills, compassion and sense of fairness.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am running to retain my current seat with the Cleveland Municipal Court. All Courts are at a challenging time. Our Court has been quite proactive in taking on these challenges. We are at the forefront of efforts in numerous issues including bail reform, access to justice, information technology and interpretive services. Many innovative programs are in various stages and if reelected I will have the opportunity to continue to shepherd these and other advancements and reforms.

Nanette DeGarmo VonAllman

Office: Tuscarawas County – New Philadelphia Municipal Court

Age: 60

Residence: New Philadelphia, OH

Email: nanvonallman@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Occupation: Judge

Education: J.D. from University of Akron, 1984; BFA Cum Laude Kent State University, 1979

Work Experience: Attorney, 1984-2007; Part-time Magistrate, 2003-11/2007; Full-time Magistrate, 11/2007-12/31/2011; Judge since 1/1/2012

Family: Married; 2 adult children; 2 grandchildren expected in 2017

Affiliations: Association of Municipal Judges of Ohio; Tuscarawas County Bar Association; Tuscarawas County Family Farmer’s Market

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):
New Philadelphia Municipal Court: Part-time Magistrate, 2003-11/2007; Full-time Magistrate, 11/2007-12/31/2011; Judge, 1/1/2012-present

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
23 years experience as a public and private attorney, with emphasis on litigation in the areas of business and family law

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am running for re-election to continue the work started in my first term, including the New Philadelphia Municipal Recovery Court, an Ohio Supreme Court certified special docket, utilizing medication assisted treatment for opiate dependent misdemeanor offenders.

Curt Kissinger

Office: Hamilton County – Hamilton County Municipal Court, District 4

Age: 52

Residence: Cincinnati, OH

Email: curtkissinger@gmail.com

Website: www.keepjudgekissinger.com; Facebook and Twitter: “Keep Judge Curt Kissinger”

Occupation: Judge, Hamilton County Municipal Court

Education: University of Dayton School of Law (J.D. 1990); University of Cincinnati (B.A. 1987); Anderson High School (1983)

Work Experience: Municipal Court Judge (Feb. 2015-present); Court Administrator, Hamilton County Juvenile Court (2011-2015); Attorney at Rendigs, Fry, Kiely, and Dennis (1995-2005, 2007-2011); Attorney at Cohen, Todd, Kite and Stanford (2005-2007); Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office (1991-1995); Special Prosecutor, Ohio Organized Crime Commission (1994-1995)

Family: Two daughters: Madeleine (22), Amelia (19)

Affiliations: Ohio State and Cincinnati Bar Associations; Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio; Ohio High School and Collegiate Mock Trial; University of Cincinnati Alumni Association; Previously affiliated with the Ohio Association of Court Administrators, Hamilton County Ethics Commission, Juvenile Court Advisory Counsel, Board of Directors of HOPE for Children and Families, Board Member for Journey to Successful Living, Ursuline Academy Parents Association and Dad’s Club; Member, St. Mary Church

Endorsements: Hamilton County Republican Party; Fraternal Order of Police, Queen City Lodge No. 69; Cincinnati Firefighters, IAFF Local 48: Greater Cincinnati Right to Life

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):
I have served as a Judge in the Municipal Court since February, 2015. I also preside over our Court’s specialized Mental Health Court Docket and Chair our Traffic and Criminal Law Committee. Prior to taking the bench, I was the Court Administrator for the Hamilton County Juvenile Court. In addition to my administrative duties, I would serve as a magistrate presiding over criminal cases as needed. I also presided over matters scheduled on the docket for one of the two judges of the court while the judge was under interim suspension from the Ohio Supreme Court. I was also certified by the Ohio Supreme Court to serve as a Mayor’s Court magistrate.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
Prior to taking the bench on the Hamilton County Municipal Court, I was a trial attorney for 20+ years. As an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor in the Criminal Trial Division (1991-1995), I prosecuted all categories of felony level offenses in Common Pleas and Juvenile Courts as well as all levels of misdemeanor offenses in Municipal Court. I also served as a Special Prosecutor for the State of Ohio’s Organized Crime Commission responsible for trying RICO violations in coordination with a multi-unit federal and state task force.

For the next 16 years (1995-2011), I was a litigation attorney at the firm Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis. There, I represented both individual clients and businesses in both State and Federal courts in a wide array of litigation matters including product liability, wrongful death, premises liability, commercial litigation, government contracts and internal investigations. I also developed a criminal defense practice with an emphasis in white collar criminal proceedings.

As Court Administrator of the Juvenile Court, I was responsible for the supervision of all aspects of Court operations including its 160-bed secured detention facility, 260 employees and a 30 million dollar budget. More importantly, I had 22 magistrates under my direction. In this capacity, I learned the importance of providing citizens timely, fair and competent judicial determinations. I’m particularly proud of having navigated the Court through a difficult period as the result of the indictment and suspension of one of the Court’s judges.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
My time as a Judge on the Municipal Court bench has been the most rewarding experience of my 26-year career as an attorney. The challenges facing our communities, especially in light of the heroin epidemic, are enormous. Judicial experience and knowing what works, and what doesn’t, is essential. I am also running to continue serving as a presiding judge over our Mental Health Court docket. The Mental Health Court has been certified by the Ohio Supreme Court and provides a significant benefit to individuals in need of mental health services to prevent future criminal conduct and protect our community.

As a judge and attorney with 26-years of civil and criminal experience, I understand the importance of presiding over a courtroom in which all parties, witnesses and attorneys expect and experience a fair and impartial hearing. It is imperative, regardless of whether a litigant likes the outcome, they exit the courtroom believing they had the opportunity to be heard and they had their day in court. Municipal Court is truly “the people’s court.” My judicial temperament, knowledge of the law, and innate sense of fairness are ideally suited to preside over the wide array of cases which come before the court.

Jim Long

Office: Montgomery County – Kettering Municipal Court

Age: 58

Residence: Centerville, OH

Email: judgejimlong@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Occupation: Judge, Kettering Municipal Court

Education: Ohio Northern University, B.A.; The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D.

Work Experience: Thirty-two years total legal experience; Judge, 2015-present; Prosecutor, 2000-2015; Assistant Public Defender, 1995-2000; Private Practice Attorney, 1984-1995

Family: Married – one child

Affiliations: Centerville Noon Optimist Club; Dayton Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):
Judge, Kettering Municipal Court: 2015-present. Appointed as Judge, February 2015; Elected as Judge, November 2015. Currently running for re-election in November 2017.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
Ten years of experience in the private practice of law – representing clients in a wide variety of civil cases, criminal cases and administrative law cases. I practiced in State courts and in Federal courts throughout Ohio. Five years as an Assistant Public Defender in the Office of the Montgomery County Public Defender. I represented indigent clients in all State courts in Montgomery County, Ohio. Fifteen years as Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Kettering, the City of Centerville and for Washington Township, Montgomery County, Ohio. Thirty years of experience as a Prosecuting Attorney, Assistant Public Defender and as a private practice Attorney provide me with a broad, balanced perspective on the court system. I have a deep appreciation of the need for fairness and justice for all those involved in the legal process.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am running to earn the right from the voters to continue to serve as Judge of the Kettering Municipal Court. I am running to be able to continue the positive change and improvement in this Court’s service to our community. My thirty years of experience as a Prosecuting Attorney, Assistant Public Defender and as a private practice Attorney, along with my current years of judicial experience, provide me with a broad and balanced perspective on the court system. I understand the needs and concerns of the people who appear in the Kettering Municipal Court. I am familiar with the resources available in our community to help people. I understand what is required to promote safety in our community through the administration of justice services for the community. I have a deep appreciation of the need for fairness and justice for all those involved in the legal process.

Nadeen Hayden

Office: Cuyahoga County – Cleveland Heights Municipal Court

Age: 34

Residence: Cleveland Heights, OH

Email: nadeenhayden@gmail.com

Website: www.nadeenhayden.com; Facebook Page: Nadeen Hayden for Judge; Instagram & Twitter: @nadeenhayden

Occupation: Attorney

Education: J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law; B.A. from Cleveland State University

Work Experience: Litigation Associate 2008-2010; Judicial Staff Attorney 2010-2013; Litigation Associate 2013-present

Family: Married, 1 stepson

Affiliations: CMBA; WKT American Inns of Court

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):
I have never been elected or run for office but I served as judicial staff attorney  to Judge Nancy A. Fuerst in the General Division of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for three years :2010-2013. During my term with Judge Fuerst, she was the Administrative Judge for the County. I helped her manage the court’s docket, mediate cases, conduct legal research, and make decisions on cases. I also presided over her post-judgment execution hearings and the initial Civil Stalking Protection Order hearings for her and many of the other judges in the Court.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I have practiced in civil litigation on both the defense and plaintiff’s side; in criminal defense (I currently work for one of the top criminal defense firms in Ohio, Synenberg, Coletta & Moran, LLC), and for the Court. I am comfortable handling a variety of different legal matters and have done so on behalf of nearly every type of entity that would come before a municipal court judge. I have strong legal research skills and broad legal knowledge that would help me administer justice fairly and effectively. I also have the temperament, work-ethic, and patience to handle a large case load without taking for granted the rights of others and the desire of many court parties to be heard.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
After my term with Judge Nancy A. Fuerst, I became inspired to run for judicial office. She was an incredible mentor, along with Judge Joan Synenberg, who served across the hall from Judge Fuerst. Both of these women taught me that as a female attorney in a male dominated profession, I could be a leader in the legal community, and I could make a positive difference in the lives of others by administering justice fairly, patiently, and compassionately.

Upon realizing that Judge Buchanan would be retiring at the end of his present term, I realized it was my opportunity to serve my Cleveland Heights Community. My goal is to help modernize the Cleveland Heights Municipal Court, make it more accessible for parties and attorneys, and implement new programs to help facilitate justice. Cleveland Heights is the only suburban court in Cuyahoga County that does not refer cases to Cleveland Municipal Drug Court, under a federally funded program, and I hope to change that so non-violent offenders who qualify can potentially graduate from Drug Court rather than become incarcerated. I also hope to introduce electronic filing, and allow parties to handle preliminary matters in their cases either electronically or telephonically so as to prevent many individuals from missing time at work for routine court proceedings. My main objective is to administer justice fairly without ever losing focus of the effect judicial decisions can have on an individual’s life or business’ success.

John Thatcher

Office: Knox County – Mount Vernon Municipal Court

Age: 53

Residence: Centerburg, OH

Email: johnthatcher@columbus.rr.com

Website: N/A

Occupation: Judge

Education: J.D. from Capital University; B.A. from Otterbein University

Work Experience: Judge, 2014 to present; Knox County Prosecutor, 2005-2014; Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, in Mount Vernon, 2000-2005; Assistant Knox County Prosecutor 1992-2000; Private law practice with various Columbus firms, 1989-1992

Family: Married with five children

Affiliations: United Methodist

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):
Mount Vernon Municipal Court Judge, June 2014 to present

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
As Knox County Prosecutor, I achieved proficiency in all areas of criminal law. As an associate attorney with Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, in Mount Vernon, and with various firms in Columbus, I learned how to be an effective practitioner in the areas of civil law that are practiced in the Municipal Court.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
In my three years on the bench, I started things in this Court that I want to continue doing. I created the first adult drug court in Knox County. I implemented changed in the Clerk of Court’s office that have made the office more efficient. I encouraged the Probation Department to adopt evidence based supervision practices to reduce repeat offenses (e.g. cognitive behavioral programming, supervised community service, random drug screening, electronic alcohol use monitoring, electronic house arrest). I have emphasized grant writing to supplement the Court’s budget. I started “time to pay” hearings to improve the Court’s success collecting fines and costs. I improved court security and security training.

John A. Poulos

Office: Stark County – Canton Municipal Court

Age: 63

Residence: Canton, OH

Email: john.poulos@cantonohio.gov

Website: N/A

Occupation: Judge, Canton Municipal Court

Education: J.D. from University of Akron, 1981

Work Experience: Judge, Canton Municipal Court since January 1, 1994

Family: Married

Affiliations: Member, St. Haralambos Eastern Orthodox Church since birth

Endorsements: Stark County Bar Association

Bar Association Ratings: Highly Recommended

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):
Judge, Canton Municipal Court since January 1, 1994

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
Practicing Lawyer, 1981-1993; Prosecuting Attorney (at both the municipal and county levels) 1981-1993

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am running for re-election because I love being a judge of the Canton Municipal Court, and I have worked very hard to make a difference in this community.

Brad Greenberg

Office: Hamilton County – Hamilton County Municipal Court, District 5

Age: 50

Residence: Loveland, OH

Email: N/A

Website: N/A

Occupation: Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge

Education: J.D. from The University of Virginia School of Law; B.A. from The Ohio State University

Work Experience: Judge since 2006. Currently the Administrative and Presiding Judge for the Hamilton County Municipal Court. Presiding Judge for the Misdemeanor Veterans Treatment Court.

Family: Married with 2 children

Affiliations: Board Member of the Isaac M. Wise Temple; Former Mayor of Loveland

Endorsements: Hamilton County Republican Party, Cincinnati FOP Queen City Lodge No. 69

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):
I have served continuously as a Municipal Court Judge since 2006. I was elected by my colleagues to be the Administrative and Presiding Judge of the Hamilton County Municipal Court in 2016 and 2017.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
Prior to becoming a judge, I was an assistant prosecutor in the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office for 11 years.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am running for re-election. I try my best to make decisions that protect our community and our constitutional rights.

Mary Kaye Bozza

Office: Cuyahoga County – Lyndhurst Municipal Court

Age: 64

Residence: Mayfield Village, OH

Email: jmkb1999@netscape.net

Website: http://www.judgemarykayebozza.info

Occupation: Judge of the Lyndhurst Municipal Court, 2000-present

Education: J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law; CSU Graduate May 1987 and admitted to the Ohio Bar November 16, 1987

Work Experience: Judge of the Lyndhurst Municipal Court for 17 plus years

Family: I am the daughter of Guy and Delores Bozza. I have six brothers and sisters. I am not married, however, I am a single parent of two adult children and four grandchildren.

Affiliations: My Community Outreach Programs are described below in Question #1. I am a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Cleveland Metro Bar Association, Ohio Judicial College, Association of Municipal and County Judges, Northern Ohio Municipal Judges Association, American Judges Association, American Judges Foundation, St. Francis of Assisi

Endorsements: The Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council; Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 57

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):
I have been the Judge of the Lyndhurst Municipal Court for 17 plus years commencing January 1, 2000. The Lyndhurst Municipal Court is a single judge multijurisdictional court serving six communities comprised of the City of Mayfield Heights, the City of Highland Heights, the City of Richmond Heights, the City of Lyndhurst and the Village of Gates Mills and Mayfield Village. Our Court currently handles a caseload of approximately 15,000 cases per year. The Criminal Traffic Division processes cases described as felony first appearances, misdemeanor crimes, building and housing violations, driving under the influence of drugs and or alcohol cases, driving under suspensions, vehicular homicide and/or manslaughter accidents, simple traffic accidents and all other traffic infractions. This involves arraignments, pre trials, motion hearings, protection order hearings, competency hearings, judge trials and jury trials. Many motions are ruled upon without a formal hearing and these are done by ruling upon motions received by mail or by fax.

Another duty as Judge is that all felony and misdemeanor arrests from the six police departments require probable cause determinations. Information regarding the case is brought to court by the respective arresting agency during regular court hours for my review and ruling. In the event the arrest is made after hours or on weekends or holidays, the police departments electronically send the information to me, information is reviewed and a ruling is made. My ruling is emailed to the police department. In the event additional communication is needed, I am contacted by phone. The probable cause determination becomes part of the Court’s record.

As Judge, I sign all subpoenas and search warrants requested by any of the six police departments in preparation for their cases. This occurs as their needs arise, during regular court business hours, in the evenings, on the weekends and on holidays. The Civil Division processes small claims, civil disputes, evictions, garnishments, debtor exams, and regional income tax cases. As Judge I am responsible for reviewing all of the civil magistrate’s recommendations/orders. All Civil court orders are signed by the Judge. In addition to adjudicating cases in the courtroom, as a single Judge Court, I am responsible for duties as the Administrative Judge. These duties are separate from the duties of the Clerk of Court. The Lyndhurst Municipal Court has about 30 staff members, some full time, some part time and some are seasonal.

During the seventeen years as Judge, I have created Community Outreach Programs that educate as well as rehabilitate. Men and Women separately attend a Make the Right Choice Program for Drug and Alcohol abuses and addictions as part of their sentence for drug and alcohol related offenses. The Parents whose adult children are addicted to opiates, are invited to a Make the Right Choice Program that addresses Grief, Guilt and Enabling, rehabilitation opportunities with the hope to make the parents a greater support system for their addicted family member. There is a Make the Right Choice for Senior Citizens that teaches traffic safety and educates them about scams against the elderly. Over the years, I have provided many opportunities for the local schools such as grade school, middle school and high school field trips to court; DARE graduation speeches; motivational speeches to the schools; participation in career days at the schools; Mock trials; high school senior search projects; internships for criminal justice students; and externships for college and graduate level students. I have been an active Mentor for the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program since 2006. This Program mentors a new lawyer for one calendar year. I served on the Commission for Professionalism from 1999-2006 and participated in the design and implementation of the New Lawyer to Lawyer Program.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
My life experience as a single parent who raised two children while continuing my college and law school education, gives me a greater sensitivity to real life challenges that I see in the courtroom. I have lived in the Hillcrest area for sixty years. I am a stakeholder in this community. I have witnessed the changing demographics and I have a solid understanding of the needs of the community who appear before me in the court.

In addition to punishments required by law, I adjudicate cases with an effort toward rehabilitation through education and positive reinforcement. My background includes an education in business and I understand the fiscal responsibility of being a single judge court serving six communities. The Court has operated responsibly for seventeen years. The Court’s expenses do not exceed the court costs collected from its adjudicated cases.

I have passion, intelligence, common sense, dedication and the energy to continue my service as Judge of the Lyndhurst Municipal Court. Prior to becoming Judge: 1996-1999 Associate at Porter Wright Morris and Arthur Law Firm Cleveland Office 1991-1996 Associate at Baughman Law Firm 1989-1991 Assistant Attorney General Cleveland Office 1987-1989 Associated with Guy V. Bozza Attorney at Law.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
As Judge of the Lyndhurst Municipal Court it is my mission to be a visible example of hard work and dedication, through education, rehabilitation and adjudication, thus creating a better public service to the citizens served by the Court. I have accomplished this for over seventeen years. And I have the desire to continue working for the community. My motto is “Coraggio vivere con passion” Courage to live with passion. Visit my website http://www.judgemarykayebozza.info

Darrel Bilancini

Office: Lorain County – Avon Lake Municipal Court

Age: 63

Residence: Avon Lake, OH

Email: dbilancini@avonlake.org

Website: N/A

Occupation: Judge

Education: Cleveland Marshall College of Law, J.D. (1978); John Carroll University, B.A. (1975); Lorain Catholic HS (1971)

Work Experience: 12 years as Judge of Avon Lake Municipal Court

Family: Married to Cindy for 37 years with 3 adult daughters – 2 of whom are teachers and the third is a computer coder

Affiliations: Avon Lake St. Joseph Parish; Avon Lake Kiwanis

Endorsements: N/A

Bar Association Ratings: N/A

(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):
I have had the privilege to serve as the municipal judge in the Avon Lake court during the past 12 years. During my law practice from 1979 to September 2014 I was part of a law firm that was involved primarily with civil litigation in the common pleas courts, which allowed me to serve as an arbitrator and mediator of civil matters. I also sat as a juvenile referee in Lorain County Juvenile Court in the early part of my career.

(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I am one of 10 children born to my stay-at-home mom and my firefighter dad. I therefore had to deal with “conflict” among my siblings. I wasn’t always the peacemaker, but I was exposed to others’ efforts at it. Well … I sometimes took on the role. But, I had an attitude which tended toward mediation rather that fighting. There are some stories that involved our adult soccer team that I could share. I was also privileged to act as a coach for my kid’s soccer, softball and basketball teams. Those experiences gave me an opportunity to practice the same skills that are required of me as a trial judge – whether its assessing credibility, listening, correcting bad behavior,empathizing or imposing penalties.

(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of serving as the court’s judge. This would be my last term before I am aged out at 70 years. I hope to be productive and helpful to those whose lives come before the court.