The meeting opened at 7:00 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Horning welcomed members and candidates.
A motion was made to dispense with the reading of minutes from the October 7, 2019 meeting. Ann Sartin gave the treasurer’s report. The Club has a balance of $889.08 with no expenses since the last report. Income included a refund from Bay Lodge for the Corn Roast deposit and new memberships.
Gerry Horning invited the local, state and judicial candidates to present their positions.
- Andy Santoli of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office is running for judge in the Common Pleas Court. He has no primary election opponent.
- A representative of Attorney Joy Kennedy stated that she has been an attorney for 15 years and is running for a seat in the Domestic Relations Court. Prior to working as an attorney, she was a social worker serving families.
- Judge Gayle Williams-Byers is a Municipal Court judge and is running for the 8th District Court of Appeals which is the largest district in Ohio and receives appeal cases from all divisions of the Cuyahoga County courts. Only ten percent of appeals go on to the Ohio Supreme Court.
- Joe Romano is a candidate for State Representative from the 16th district. He has the support of moderate and independent voters. His primary issues are environmental, women’s rights and LGBT concerns.
- Monique Smith is a candidate for State Representative and is a former city councilwoman partnering with grassroots activities.
- Gabriella Rosalina is a lawyer in general practice. She is a candidate for the Court of Appeals. She has practiced law in federal and state courts and conducts advocacy for people with disabilities and other issues.
- Emmanuella Graves has been a judge for 18 years and lawyer for 38 years and is a candidate for the Court of Appeals.
- James Satula has practiced law for 30 years and from 2006 to 2012 was a judge in the Common Pleas Court.
- Lisa Farber is a Court of Appeals candidate and has presented cases in that court in statewide litigation. She has been a volunteer with the Center for Families and Children for ten years.
- Jennifer O’Donnell has worked in the Public Defender’s office and on issues of justice system reform especially non-violent crime, mental health, and safe reentry programs. She is a candidate for the Court of Common Pleas, General Division.
- Michael O’Malley is a candidate for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor. He has served as a bailiff, probation officer, and city councilman.
Gerry Horning thanked all the candidates for their presentations. He then announced the meeting of convention delegates on January 7 in Sandusky.