By Ed Meyer
Beacon Journal staff writer
Three of the five judges on Akron's 9th District Court of Appeals are running for re-election Nov. 2.
Incumbent Beth Whitmore is running for her third six-year term on the appellate bench.
Whitmore, a Republican, is opposed by Democrat Rita M. Rochford of Akron, who has been a magistrate in Summit County Juvenile Court for the past seven years.
Judge Donna J. Carr also is running for her third term on the appellate court. Her opponent is Robert J. Brown of Wooster, who is finishing his 24th year as a judge on the Wayne County Common Pleas Court.
In the third 9th District appellate race, incumbent Carla D. Moore, who was elected to her first term in 2004, is running against Republican William D. Wellemeyer of Akron, a judicial staff attorney in the Summit County Common Pleas Court.
The 9th District decides appellate cases from Summit, Medina, Lorain and Wayne counties.
Incumbent Summit County Common Pleas Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer of Akron, who was elected to her first six-year term in 2004, is the only judge on the court up for re-election this year.
Stormer's opponent is Barberton attorney Scot A. Stevenson, who has served as a hearing officer for the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles and as a magistrate in Barberton Municipal Court.
Last month, Stormer received a ''highly recommended'' rating from a 28-member committee of the Akron Bar Association. Stevenson did not receive a rating because he declined to participate in the evaluation process, board officials said.
In Summit County Domestic Relations Court, incumbent Judge Carol J. Dezso, who has held a seat on that bench since 1993, is running against attorney John A. Casalinuovo of Akron, who has served as a magistrate in the county's probate court.
Dezso received the bar association's ''highly recommended'' rating. Casalinuovo received an ''acceptable'' rating.
Ed Meyer can be reached at 330-996-3784 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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