There will be six judge races on the November ballot in
Lake County next year and it will be quite interesting to see who runs for
Before that, however, a new Probate Court judge will be
appointed by Gov. John Kasich
to replace the vacancy created when Judge Ted Klammer
There is some talk that Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael
is interested in the Probate Court position. He’s a
Democrat, so it might be a little tough to imagine him getting the appointment,
but maybe not so far-fetched.
If Kasich was to appoint Cicconetti as Probate Court
judge, it would then create a vacancy for Painesville Municipal Court judge and
the governor could appoint a Republican to that bench.
My hunch, though, is the governor appoints a Republican to
the Probate Court and lets the election process work itself out next year to
determine who would get a new six-year term.
Lake County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Gibson
be able to run for re-election next year due to age restrictions. Republican Randi Ostry
ran against Gibson in 2008, perhaps she might make another run? Dennis N.
Loconti finished second in a primary to Gibson in March 2008, maybe he gives it
I’m also hearing that if Assistant Geauga County
, a Republican who previously served as a Lake County
assistant prosecutor, isn’t appointed to the Probate Court bench, he might run
for Gibson’s bench.
Also up next year is Lake County Juvenile Court Judge Karen Lawson
In March 2008, four Democrats, Patrice Denman, James R. Dugan, Paul E.
and John Rogers
(now a state representative), ran in a
Democratic primary with Denman emerging as the Democratic candidate. She
eventually lost against Lawson. Who might challenge Lawson next year?
Other judge races on the ballot in 2014 are the Lake
County Domestic Relations Court bench held by Judge Colleen A. Falkowski
and two 11th District Court of Appeals seats held by Judges Timothy P.
and Cynthia Westcott Rice
Falkowski and Rice were both unopposed in November 2008.
Cannon defeated Republican Paul Brickner
Former 11th District Court of Appeals Court Judge Mary Jane Trapp
joined the Cleveland office of the law firm of Thrasher, Dinsmore and Dolan.
In Geauga County, several candidates have taken out
petitions with the county Elections Board to run for offices in the Nov. 5
election. No one had filed to run as of Thursday.
People who have taken out petitions are Mike Ferrell
for Claridon Township trustee; Edward W. Kaminski
and Nadine Pope
for Hambden Township trustee; Jason Sutter
and Al Vontorcik
for Huntsburg Township trustee; James J. McCaskey
Township trustee; Ken Armstrong
for Russell Township trustee; Nancy McArthur
for Chardon Council; Steve Remias
for Geauga County Educational Service
Center Governing Board; Gregory Kernc
for Chardon Board of Education; and Matthew T. Fuentes
for Ledgemont Board of Education.
In Lake County, Kimberly C. Evers
has taken out
petitions with the county Elections Board for Eastlake Council-at Large. Rusty Bliss
has taken out petitions to run for Willoughby-Eastlake Board of Education.
has filed petitions to run for Painesville
Concord Township Trustees Paul Malchesky
re-election fundraiser 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Harry Buffalo
in Painesville Township. See Malchesky, Galloway or Connie Luhta
n Dennis Morley
will host a kickoff
fundraiser for his Eastlake mayor campaign, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 17 at
Trader Jack’s Riverside Grille in Eastlake. See Donna Vaughn
or Barb Morley
Lake County Commissioner Judy Moran
will host a fundraiser from 5 to 7:30 p.m. April 18 at Dino’s Banquet Center in
Willoughby. See Kathy Russo
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: 2014 election, John Kasich, Joseph Gibson, Karen Lawson, Mark Bartolotta, Mary Jane Trapp, Michael Cicconetti, Ted Klammer