Both Republicans and Democrats have primary races for the Barberton clerk of courts. In the Republican primary, Diana Stevenson, the appointed incumbent, is seeking to fill an unexpired term. She moved into the position in January 2012 after Christine Croce jumped to a judgeship on the Barberton Municipal Court.

Stevenson has performed solidly in the job. Among other things, she has placed priority on collecting outstanding fines, joined the judges in conducting a successful amnesty program and eyes eventually implementing e-filing and other technology upgrades. She arrived with strong experience, having served for a dozen years as a magistrate in the Summit County Probate Court and earlier as an assistant county prosecutor.

We recommend the election of Diana Stevenson in the Republican primary on Sept. 10.

Her opponent is Larry Ashbaugh.

In the Democratic primary, Jon Poda, the deputy county fiscal officer for weights and measures and a former County Council member, faces state Rep. Zack Milkovich. Poda is the much better choice. He brings management and legislative experience in government. More, he adds two decades of business experience in real estate. He also puts priority on the collection of outstanding fines. He talks about improving collaboration with local communities, plus identifying and implementing best practices from other courts.

We recommend the election of Jon Poda in the Democratic primary on Sept. 10.

The Barberton Municipal Court covers the cities of Barberton, Green, Norton and New Franklin, the village of Clinton, and Copley Township and Coventry Township.