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Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, term commencing 1/7/2023

Term: 6 yearsSalary: $155,485Judge Mark R. Majer, of Gates Mills, was appointed to this seat by Gov. Mike DeWine in January of this year. A Republican, Majer must run this year to win a full term. He was unopposed in the Republican Party primary. He will face Democrat Jeffrey P. Saffold, of Shaker Heights, in November. Saffold was the sole candidate in the Democratic Party primary.Court of Common Pleas judicial candidates run in partisan primaries, but their general election races are nonpartisan. Their party affiliation will not be noted on the November ballot.Judicial Votes Count, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization based at the University of Akron, sends questionnaires to all Ohio judicial candidates. When candidates respond, their answers are copied into Vote411.

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Age 57
Occupation Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Education Bowling Green State University; Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law
Work Experience Judge - Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, General Division; Magistrate - Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court; Legal Counsel - Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court (Duties included: Legal Department Supervisor, Human Resource Department Supervisor, Fiscal Department Supervisor, Clerk’s Office Supervisor, Information Technology Department Supervisor, Mediation, Intake, and Diversion Department Supervisor, Media Relations Office Supervisor); Chief Staff Attorney - Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court; Magistrate - Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court; Assistant Prosecutor - Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office; Mark Majer - Attorney at Law
Residence municipality Gates Mills
Affiliations Representative - Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court on the Cultural Competency Committee. Representative - Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court on the United States Marshals Safe Surrender Project. Representative - Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court on the United States Attorney Anti-Gang Initiative and member of the Prevention Committee. Chairperson - Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court on the Local Rules Committee. Certified mediator by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Presenter - Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals Annual Conference. Served on the Board of Directors for the Cuyahoga County Bar Association.
Bar Association Ratings Excellent: Asian American Bar Association; Excellent: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association; Excellent: Cuyahoga County Criminal Defence Lawyers Association; Excellent: Norman S. Minor Bar Association; Good: Ohio Prosecutiing Attorneys Association; Excellent: Ohio Women's Bar Association
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Currently, I am a Judge for Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, General Division (2022-Present). I preside over a full trial docket consisting of civil cases, criminal cases, as well as approving magistrate decisons in the areas of foreclosure and civil protection orders.

Over my past 30 years of public service in our community, I have served as a Magistrate for Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court from 1999-2005 and 2020-2021. I have a strong understanding of how to interpret and enforce the Ohio Rules of Evidence, Civil and Criminal Procedures, statutory and case law, as well as extensive trial experience.
I have 30 years of legal experience, including 28 years in public service as a Judge, Magistrate, and Assistant County Prosecutor for the citizens of Cuyahoga County. As a prosecutor, I developed extensive trial and appellate experience which include a deep understanding of the Rules of Evidence, Rules of Criminal Procedure, and Ohio statutes and case law. I have personally tried or have been part of a team who has tried 49 jury trials and I have handled thousands of criminal cases. In addition, I have argued numerous times before the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals and argued on brief before the Supreme Court of Ohio.
I believe freedom is ensured when the rule of law is observed. I am dedicated to providing fair, competent, and respectful judicial redress in which all parties can be assured of an equitable result. I stand firmly for the rights of victims and the safety of our community by holding violent criminals accountable and I am committed to protecting individual rights and ensuring equal justice under the law by upholding our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I am also dedicated to being fair and equitable with non-violent offenders by offering treatment options and other resources to reduce chances of recidivism. Public service has always been at the forefront of my career and continuing to serve our community as Judge of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, General Division has been my greatest honor and privilege. I am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the citizens of Cuyahoga County each and every day.

Age 52
Occupation Attorney
Education Hampton University, 1987-1989; Cleveland State University, 1990-1992; The Ohio State University College of Law, 1992-1995
Work Experience Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office, 1996-1998; Attorney in Private Practice, 1998-2022
Residence municipality Shaker Heights
Affiliations Norman Minor Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cuyahoga County Defense Lawyers Association
Endorsements Cleveland Plain Dealer, UAW, Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council, AFSCME, SEIU, AFLCIO, Laborers 310
Bar Association Ratings 2022: Excellent, Ohio Women's Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cuyahoga Defense Lawyers Association, Asian American Bar Association of Ohio; Good, Ohio Prosecutors Association
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No judicial experience.
I've practiced law in front of the bench that I'm campaigning to join for over 25 years. I've seen the best and the worst. I've seen justice and injustice. I'm prepared to help reform The Bench from within.
The Court needs to focus more of its attention on helping the people who come before it. There should be a desire to be a part of the solution. Today's victims far too often are tomorrow's Defendants. We need to be about serving the community, not just passing out punishments.