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Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, 1/1/2021

Term: 6 yearsSalary: $140,550 There are three requirements to become a judge in Ohio: a Juris Doctor degree, passage of the Ohio Bar and appointment or election. The Supreme Court of Ohio--the highest state court and the court of last resort--is responsible for the administration of Ohio's judicial branch. The only candidate running for this seat is the incumbent, Michael J. Russo of Middleburg Heights. He was the only candidate who ran in the spring Democratic Party primary. No Republican ran in that party's primary. Judges run in partisan (political party) races in the primary, but in nonpartisan races in the fall. The November General Election ballot will show no party affiliations.Judicial candidates are sent questionnaires by another nonpartisan website, If the candidates respond, voters can read their responses on that website or on

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