MEDINA TWP. — The Medina County Board of Elections has certified all petitions for the May 8 primary election, Director Carol Lawler said this week.
However, protests have been filed against Heidi R. Carroll, the lone Republican candidate for judge of Medina County Domestic Relations Court.
The board of elections will hold a hearing on the matter Monday afternoon at 3800 Stonegate Drive.
Carroll is seeking the seat held by Mary Kovack, who is running unopposed on the Democratic primary ballot for re-election.
“I meet all of the necessary legal requirements under Section 2301.01 of the Ohio Revised Code to run as a candidate for judge of the Medina County Domestic Relations Court in 2018,” Carroll said in a statement Wednesday.
“Since my admission to the practice of law in Ohio over 15 years ago in 2002, I have been engaged in the practice of law as an attorney in the Corporate Compliance Offices of both the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Akron General Hospital, as an associate attorney with the Reminger Law Firm in Cleveland and in my own private law practice in Medina County. …
“Those protests are nothing more than poorly disguised political attacks against me by Judge Kovack’s own employees and supporters, who are afraid that Judge Kovack will not be re-elected on her dismal record unless she runs unopposed.”
On Wednesday, Kovack’s court administrator/bailiff Daniel Maynard said because the judge didn’t file the protests, Kovack didn’t think she should comment on them.
He referred all questions to Medina attorney Pat Walker, of Walker & Jocke Co., LPA, who is representing the protesters.
The crux of the matter, Walker said, is that the three protesters — Mary Emhoff, Allen Lowery and Mary I. Guilfoyle — believe that Carroll hasn’t engaged in the practice of law for six years, as per requirements under Section 2301.01 of the Ohio Revised Code.
“That’s for the board of elections to decide,” Walker said. “The judge is not a party to this.”
In her statement, Carroll said: “I trust that the Board of Elections will overrule the protests and approve my judicial candidacy. In order to get politics out of the courthouse, Medina County voters need to elect me this November as their new domestic relations court judge.”
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.