To the Editor: Letters wrongly accuse Mackin
Written by Mel Browning   
Friday, 01 November 2013 10:22
Two letters in yesterday's Sentinel-Tribune require a certain clarification. Both ascribe nefarious motives to Perrysburg Municipal Court candidate Tom Mackin because he has changed his registration from Democrat to Independent to run for office.
Mr. Mackin did not and could not have changed his registration to "independent." There is no such thing as a "registered independent" in Ohio Law. One becomes a registered Democrat or Republican by voting in a Democratic or Republican primary election. So, while the authors of both letters in yesterday's paper, in a miraculous display of synchronicity, both are disappointed with Mr. Mackin's conversion to an independent, it simply did not happen.
Judges in Ohio are elected on a nonpartisan ballot, meaning that partisan labels do not appear on the ballot at the general election. This is in conformity with a policy that judges preside not as Democrats or Republicans, but as fair and impartial arbiters of the law. An infusion of partisanship into this process, in my view, is unhelpful.
The question for the electorate is whether Mr. Mackin or his opponent is most likely to administer fair and impartial justice as Perrysburg Municipal Judge.  Forays into partisan attacks, such as the "disappointed" authors of yesterday's letters, provide no insight into this question.
Mel Browning

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