Municipal Court Judge - District 1
6 YEAR TERM. Salary $125,850RESPONSIBILITIES: Has original jurisdiction in civil cases (auto, neighborhood disputes etc.) involving claims of $15,000 or under, and in criminal cases involving misdemeanors in Hamilton County. Conducts preliminary hearings in felony cases.Judge of the Hamilton County Municipal Court - 1 to be elected per district - 6 year term.For more information about judicial candidates visit: JudicialVotesCount.org
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Fanon A. Rucker
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B.A., Hampton University; J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law
Municipal Court Judge since 2007
Married with three children
President, Seasongood Good Government Foundation; State and local Officer, Prince Hall Freemasons; Steward and Member, Allen Temple AME Church; Past Officer and Board Member of numerous professional, community and civic organizations
In 2007, I was appointed to the Hamilton County Municipal Court to fill the vacancy created when Judge William Mallory ascended to the Common Pleas Court. I was twice elected to the position (2007 and 2011). I ran unsuccessfully for the Ohio Supreme Court in 2012. Over the past ten years, I have presided over hundreds of thousands of criminal charges and hundreds of civil cases. I have authored more than 400 decisions resolving legal issues presented to the Court. More than thirty high school, college, graduate and law students have served as law clerks or interns under my supervision. As evidence that I have earned the respect of my peers, I am an elected trustee of the Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio (AMCJO) and sit as an appointed member of two Supreme Court commissions.
Before assuming the Bench, I served as a prosecutor in municipal court for several years, represented both plaintiffs and defendants in all types of cases in state and federal cases, provided legal advice to elected officials and drafted legislation as a village law director and litigated countless cases. In my experience, the most effective judges were those with a broad base of experiences on and off the Bench. I would argue the very diverse body of experience that I have had the honor of experiencing throughout my career not only qualifies me to be a judge, but I believe has allowed me to earn the reputation as a good judge.
I am running for re-election to this seat because the adage “Find a job doing what you love and you’ll never work again a day in your life” (Confucius) is absolutely true. I truly love and enjoy my job and would humbly appreciate the continued support of the community to serve in this capacity.
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