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Hamilton County, OH November 6, 2012 Election
Judge; Court of Common Pleas; 6 Year Term Starting 4/01/13 Voter Information

6 Year Term. Salary: $ 110,050

To preside at trials of both civil and criminal cases; to supervise the jury commission, grand jury and other departments of the court

Candidates (Vote for 2)
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Nadine L. Allen Click here for more information about this candidate 74,407 votes 33.77%

  • Occupation: Judge, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas
  • 25+ years judicial experience--presided over 160,000 criminal & civil cases.
  • Created diversion programs to free up jail space for violent offenders.
  • Special Instructor for the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial College.
  • Past Trustee of the Cincinnati Bar Association.
  • Advocate for victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking.
  • YWCA, "Career Woman of Achievement."
  • Promote the public safety and trust by upholding our laws.
  • Solve jail overcrowding issues.
  • Protect victims of crime.
Stephen L. "Steve" Black Click here for more information about this candidate 52,590 votes 23.87%
  • Occupation: Trial Attorney
  • Graydon Head & Ritchey (1975 to present)
  • Former Federal Law Clerk (1974-75)
  • Harvard Law School Graduate (1974)
  • Bring a fresh perspective and experience to Common Pleas Court
  • Improve courtroom procedures to increase productivity
  • Reduce the time required to resolve cases
Leslie Ghiz Click here for more information about this candidate 52,561 votes 23.86%
  • Occupation: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Hamilton County
  • Cincinnnati City Council 2005-2011
  • Ghiz Law, LLC 2007-present
  • JD 1994 Capital University Law & Graduate Center
  • 1991 BA English
Heather S. Russell Click here for more information about this candidate 40,750 votes 18.50%
  • Occupation: Judge
  • Ohio Supreme Court Domestic Violence Advisory Committee
  • Hamilton County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney 1984-2001
  • Loveland City Council 1999-2001
  • Chief, Hamilton County Grand Jury, 1999-2001
  • Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor appointee, Ohio Supreme Court Domestic Violence Advisory Committee
  • To continue to run an efficient courtroom
  • To continue to be a good listener
  • To continue to be a fair and impartial judge

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