All three candidates the Summit County GOP’s Executive Committee has recommended to fill a vacant common pleas judicial seat ran for office in November, although only one to become a judge.
The executive committee submitted the names of Jane Davis, Dave Lombardi and Candace Kim Knox to Gov. John Kasich as the candidates to fill the open seat created when Elinore Marsh Stormer become judge of Summit County Probate Court.
Last fall, Davis ran for Summit County Council, Lombardi for common pleas judge and Knox for county prosecutor.
“They are very well qualified,” said Alex Arshinkoff, the county’s chairman. “I think any of them would be a good judge.”
Kasich will interview the candidates, though he can pick whomever he wants. The governor generally picks from the county party’s recommended choices. He has no time limit for making his decision.
The party’s candidates include no current sitting judges. Arshinkoff said none applied.
Arshinkoff said the party’s top pick is Davis, who was formerly a Democrat and “saw the light.” He said she has been a Republican for many years, worked for a large firm in Cleveland and recently has been doing pro-bono work. He said she did well in her at-large council race.