October 25, 2014

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GOP makes its picks for judgeship

MEDINA — Three local attorneys have been recommended by the Medina Republican Party to replace Juvenile and Probate Judge John Lohn, who announced his retirement in April.

The nominees are Kevin Dunn, Susanna Lewis and Lori Brobst.

Lewis and Brobst are magistrates in Lohn’s court.

Dunn is a Medina city prosecutor and served as chairman of the Medina County Republican Party’s Executive Committee until he stepped down to be considered for the judgeship.

Under Ohio law, the GOP gets to fill the vacancy because Lohn is a Republican.

The trio was selected through a two-part committee process within the Medina Republican Party, said Brunswick Mayor Gary Werner, chairman of the party’s Central Committee.

Werner was part of a five-person “interview committee” appointed by the county Republican Executive Committee to select candidates to finish Lohn’s term, which expires Feb. 8, 2015.

Werner said all of the candidates interviewed were qualified for the position.

“We’re lucky because all the folks we talked to brought very good experience to the position,” he said. “We really could not have made a serious error. They’re all well qualified.”

Joining Werner on the interview committee were five other attorneys: Vance Truman, Brunswick Councilman Ron Falconi, Wadsworth Council President Tom Palecek and Kathryn Truman.

The group interviewed five candidates for the position and submitted their findings to the Executive Committee. Committee members selected the three finalists, who were submitted to Gov. John Kasich’s office for consideration.

“The governor’s office is free to select anyone from that list or anywhere else,” Werner said. “But they come to us and ask us for suggestions, so we expect it will likely be an appointment from that list.”

Lohn, 56, was elected as judge in 2002. He ran unopposed for the seat in 2008. His retirement officially started at the end of last week, but he was asked to serve as a “retired assigned judge” presiding over his court until Kasich names a replacement.

Lohn was asked to serve an additional four to six weeks, and Werner said he expects a replacement to be named within that time.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.