October 31, 2014

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Former party chair named judge in Lohn’s retirement

Former Medina County Republican Party chairman Kevin Dunn has been named to replace Juvenile/Probate Judge John Lohn, who retired.

Gov. John Kasich announced the appointment Tuesday.

Kevin Dunn

John Lohn

Dunn, 48, of Westfield Center, will take office Aug. 5. He must run in November 2014 to retain the seat.

“I don’t really know how to react yet,” he said Tuesday. “I’m looking very forward to the position, getting in there, making a difference.”

Dunn was among three candidates recommended by the Medina County Republican Party for the position. The other two were Susanna Lewis and Lori Brobst, both magistrates in Lohn’s court.

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

Dunn stepped down as chairman of the Medina County Republican Party’s Executive Committee in order to be considered for the judgeship.

Dunn has served as a part-time prosecutor for the city of Medina since last year and has been in private practice for 22 years.

After receiving a bachelor of arts in political science from Miami University, Dunn earned his doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law.

Dunn has been involved with the Medina Rotary, the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce, the Medina County Law Library and the Medina County Red Cross, among other community organizations. He also served as president of the Medina County Estate Planning Council from 1996 to 1998.

Lohn, 56, was elected judge in 2002. He ran unopposed for the seat in 2008. He retired this month, citing health problems, but agreed to continue to work as a “retired assigned judge” until Kasich named a replacement.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.