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Ohio Judge of Court of Appeals District 6 (term commencing 02/10/23)

Ohio Judge of Court of Appeals District 6 (term commencing 02/10/23)Term of Office: 6 yearsSalary: $169,075Responsibilities: The Court of Appeals is essentially a Court of Review. It hears appeals from the Common Pleas, County, and Municipal Courts. Decisions are final except in cases involving constitutional questions, cases of felony, cases in which it has original jurisdiction, and cases of public or great general interest.More candidate information at: Judicial Votes Count and at the Candidates Forum.

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    Charles E Sulek

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Candidate Occupation Senior Attorney - City of Toledo
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Candidate Education Ottawa Hills High School – 2000; Denison University – 2004, B.A. – History; University of Toledo, College of Law, J.D.
Work Experience City of Toledo - Senior Attorney (civil) / Felony Prosecutor (criminal); 6th District Court of Appeals - Staff Attorney; Lucas County Prosecutor's Office - Assistant Prosecutor; Lucas County Public Defender's Office - Assistant Public Defender; Waggoner and Steinberg, LLC - Associate Attorney; McHugh and McCarthy, Ltd. - Attorney
My diverse legal background uniquely qualifies me for this judgeship. I have worked on all sides of the law. After working in private practice, I went on to work for the Lucas County Public Defender's Office, and the Lucas County Prosecutor's Office. This is crucial because I have worked with both sides of criminal cases. This allows me to have a unique understanding of both sides of the argument to make fair and unbiased decisions. I now work for the City of Toledo as a senior attorney prosecuting criminal cases in the mornings and working on civil and appellate matters in the afternoons. I have extensive courtroom experience which includes numerous trials, including criminal and civil jury trials. I also worked at the 6th District Court of Appeals (where I am now asking to be elected judge) as a staff attorney. I worked closely with the judges, researched the same issues that I would be deciding as a judge, and drafted opinions based on my research and discussions with the appellate judges. I have a first-hand understanding of how the court operates and would be ready to serve the citizens of the 6th district on day one.
I am extremely proud of my background as a public servant, and an experienced litigator. I have represented people accused of crimes, and I have represented the State of Ohio in prosecuting those individuals. I've represented parties on both sides of civil matters. I understand that everyone, no matter their situation, deserves to be treated fairly and with respect. The courts must serve the people, protect their rights, and guarantee equality under the law. I want to guarantee that everyone, whether a criminal defendant, a government entity, or a civil litigant, received a fair trial and that the issues involved in their cases were properly decided.
Candidate Occupation Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Civil Division of the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office
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Candidate Education CAPITAL UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, Columbus, Ohio, Juris Doctor; THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, Columbus, Ohio, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Work Experience WOOD COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney (Civil Division) (Current) EASTMAN & SMITH, LTD. - Associate Litigation Attorney THE SUPREME COURT OF OHIO - Judicial Attorney for Justice Terrence O’Donnell JOINT COMMITTEE ON AGENCY RULE REVIEW - Attorney Rules Analyst
My diverse experience as an attorney has prepared me to be an appellate judge. As an assistant prosecuting attorney and civil litigation attorney, I gained experience and knowledge in many areas of the law. As a Judicial Attorney at the Ohio Supreme Court, I learned how to analyze complex, novel legal issues. This position also allowed me to learn how an appellate court operates and what the job of an appellate judge entails. I have also worked as an Attorney Rules Analyst at the Ohio General Assembly's Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR), which is responsible for reviewing rules from over 100 state agencies.
I am blessed to come from a family that instilled in me a strong work ethic and that taught me to care for others and for my community. I am running for the Sixth District because I believe that we need judges that will apply laws as they are written and that will not make decisions based on their own personal beliefs. I intend to uphold the rule of law and protect the rights of all individuals.