About the judicial candidates ...

DEMOCRATS:

Name: Rob McCarty

Personal: 57. Lives in Cuyahoga Falls. Married with three adult children.

Experience: Magistrate in Summit County Juvenile Court since 2004, currently serving as chief magistrate. Previously worked in private practice and as an assistant Summit County prosecutor in the Child Support Enforcement Agency.

Websites: www.facebook.com/robmccartyforjudge; www.robmccartyforjudge.com.

One word to describe his approach as judge: “Trusted.”

Interesting fact: He is an accomplished triathlete and nationally ranked mid-distance runner.

Name: Kelly McLaughlin

Personal: 56. Lives in Akron. Single.

Experience: Magistrate in Summit County Domestic Relations Court since 2010, currently serving as chief magistrate. Previously worked in private practice.

Websites: Facebook under: “Kelly McLaughlin for Judge.”

One word to describe her approach as judge: “Authoritative humility.” (Requested two words.)

Interesting fact: Serves each year as the deputy director of the judicial branch for Buckeye Girls State, a summer program that teaches high school students about the political process.

REPUBLICANS:

Name: Dave Lombardi

Personal: 55. Lives in Akron. Married with two children.

Experience: Currently works in private practice. Akron Municipal Court judge in 2015.

Websites: Facebook under “Dave Lombardi for Judge.”

One word to describe his approach as judge: “Even-handed.”

Interesting fact: Has a twin brother, Marcus, who also practices law. Marcus is a public defender.

Name: Jay Wells

Personal: 50. Lives in Norton. Married.

Experience: Summit County Common Pleas Court judge since 2017. Previously worked in private practice and served in the military for 28 years, including as a judge advocate general (JAG) with the Army National Guard.

Websites: www.judgewells.com; www.facebook.com/judgejaywells; https://twitter.com/Judge_Wells/.

One word to describe his approach as judge: “Dedicated.”

Interesting fact: Assisted Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Amy Corrigall Jones with the creation of Valor Court, a diversionary program that assists veterans.

Sources: Judicial Votes Count website, court websites and Beacon Journal/Ohio.com interviews.