There is one Democrat and one Republican on the ballot in the primary for Stow Municipal Court judge, set for Tuesday.
This court has jurisdiction over Boston Heights, Boston Township, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Macedonia, Munroe Falls, Northfield, Northfield Center Township, Peninsula, Reminderville, Sagamore Hills, Silver Lake, Stow, Tallmadge, Twinsburg and Twinsburg Township.
The sitting judge, Kim Hoover, is running as an independent on the November ballot, although he has stated that he is a Republican. He has served in the office since 1995. Until 2009, the court was located in Cuyahoga Falls.
The Republican running in the May primary is attorney and Hudson resident, Kandi S. O'Connor.
O'Connor is a graduate of Hudson High School and attended Cleveland Marshall for her legal education. She was admitted to the bar in 1997.
For 14 years she has worked as a judicial attorney at the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, and now also serves as acting magistrate for the court. She is married with two children.
The Democratic candidate is Linda Malek, a Cuyahoga Falls resident. According to Supreme Court records, she was admitted to practice law in Ohio in 2001, and is a graduate of Thomas S. Cooley Law School located in Michigan. Her website lists her areas of practice primarily as corporate, criminal law, and asset and debt collection. She has been in private practice since 2003, in Cuyahoga Falls.
In the race to fill an unexpired term for Stow Municipal Clerk of Courts, there is also only a single Republican and Democratic candidate.
Republican Frank Larson is the current mayor of Munroe Falls. He has served for nearly 10 years and told the Stow Sentry in February "it's a new challenge and a new way to serve the residents in this area."
Democrat Diana Colavecchio was appointed earlier this year, to fill the remainder of the term, which ends in December of 2015. Former clerk, Democrat Lisa Zeno Carano left to take a position with the Summit County Probate Court.
Colavecchio has been an attorney in private practice in Cuyahoga Falls since 2002, and was a member of Cuyahoga Falls City Council from 2006 until accepting her current appointment.
She says that "soon the Stow Municipal Court will be making the transition from being a paper document filing system to a digitized, electronic filing system...as clerk, I have the exact skill set required to meet this challenge. As an attorney I am familiar with court structure and procedures."
Neither Malek nor Larson replied for requests for further information prior to deadline.