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Friday, July 30, 2010

Ashtabula benchmarks for anybody?

What might be next for 11th Appellate Judge Colleen O'Toole, a Republican?

OK. O’Toole, who resides in Lake County’s Concord Township, didn’t get nominated in the Grand Ole Party May primary to seek re-election in November for her bench on the five-county 11th Appellate Court.

The GOP nominee is Lake County Common Pleas Court Judge Gene Lucci. He did win Lake and Geauga counties to overcome O’Toole’s victories in Ashtabula, Portage and Trumbull counties. Republican Lucci will run this fall vs. Democrat Tom Wright.

Some joke (?) that if Republican John Kasich wins the governship and Lucci the Appellate bench, Kasich could appoint Lucci to the Lucci Common Pleas bench or even any vacant 11th Appellate bench

But wait. What if fans and allies urge O’Toole to move soon into Ashtabula County to run for the next available bench there?

--David W. Jones


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