In January 2012, Diana Stevenson stepped into the clerk’s office of the Barberton Municipal Court and now is seeking to fill an unexpired term. She has performed well in the position, among other things, mobilizing to collect outstanding fines and joining judges in a successful amnesty program.
We recommend the election of Diana Stevenson on Nov. 5.
Stevenson arrived in the job with strong experience, serving for a dozen years as a magistrate in the Summit County Probate Court and earlier as an assistant county prosecutor. She understands the needs of the courts, something that will prove an asset in pursuing her priorities of e-filing and other technology upgrades for the office.
Voters should be aware of the deceptive practices of her opponent, Zack Milkovich, an Ohio House member. He suggests that Stevenson has failed to collect outstanding fines. Not true. She has increased collections by 43 percent. Milkovich also suggests that she has raised the cost of traffic tickets. Again, false. Judges set fines and fees.
The Ohio Elections Commission has found probable cause that Milkovich practiced another bit of deception with his yard signs and literature, inviting the impression that he already is the clerk. A hearing is pending. What voters should keep foremost in mind is how ill prepared Milkovich is for the job compared to Stevenson. He lacks her fitting experience and record of achievement.