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8th District Court of Appeals, unexpired term ending 1/1/2023

Term: 2 remaining years of 6-year termSalary: $152,850This seat opened for an appointment last year when former Ohio Appeals Court Judge Melody J. Stewart was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court.Incumbent Ray Headen, of Richmond Heights, was appointed to the seat in early 2019 by then-Gov. John Kasich. He ran unopposed in the April Republican Party primary, hoping to complete the final two years of this unexpired term. Headen had run for a different seat on the Ohio Court of Appeals in 2018, but lost to Judge Michelle Sheehan.Headen will face a challenge from Democrat Lisa Forbes, of Shaker Heights, who won her party's primary in April.Judicial candidates run on party (partisan) ballots in Ohio primaries but on nonpartisan ballots in the fall.Judicial candidates are sent questionnaires by another nonpartisan website, JudicialVotesCount.org. If the candidates respond, voters can also read their responses on Vote411.org.

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