To the Editor: Mackin responds to letters
Written by Tom Mackin   
Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:11
I am writing in response to letters in yesterday's paper. Ohio judicial elections are nonpartisan. There is no "R" or "D" on the ballot. Judicial elections are nonpartisan because they should be about the candidates' qualifications not their party affiliation.
Until this year, that was the case for the Perrysburg Municipal Court. The court was created in 1960 and all elections until this year have been nonpartisan. This spring, the Republicans chose to hold a primary election to determine a candidate for the position. That primary was paid for by all of the residents of northern Wood County, not just Republican voters.
Consistent with the prior tradition and before the primary election, I pulled a nonpartisan petition to run for municipal court judge. I then obtained signatures from registered Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and Independents to have my name placed on the ballot.
I have served the city of Perrysburg over the last 15 years as a member of its city council. Each time I have run for office I have made a concerted effort to reach out to voters of all political persuasions. I have always included Republicans and Democrats on my campaign committees, as well as independents and people with no party affiliation. I have maintained that political ideology isn't much help in getting streets paved and garbage collected. Because I have had an excellent record of service to all my constituents, I have consistently received the most votes of any council candidate in election after election.
My approach to this judicial campaign has been the same. A judge must be nonpartisan. Politics has no place when ruling on cases before the court. My supporters come from across the political spectrum because they recognize my courtroom experience, history of public service, and even temperament make me the best choice to fill Judge Osterud's seat.
I have Democrats, Libertarians, Independents, and Republicans publicly supporting my campaign. I even have a member of the Republican Central Committee who has publicly endorsed me over my Republican-endorsed opponent.
If you want a judge who will think independently and be fair and impartial, I ask for your vote.    
Tom Mackin

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