GOP to make recommendation in open Middletown judge seat

The late Middletown Municipal Judge Mark Wall. STAFF FILE PHOTO
The late Middletown Municipal Judge Mark Wall. STAFF FILE PHOTO

The Butler County GOP is now taking applications for those who wish to receive the party’s endorsement to fill the unexpired term of the late Middletown Municipal Judge Mark Wall.

The deadline to file paperwork for the GOP recommendation is March 17, the same day the Butler County Board of Elections is expected to vote on certification of the five Butler County attorneys who filed petitions for the Nov. 7 election.

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Wall, 70, died on Feb. 11 at his Middletown home after hitting his head following a cardiovascular event, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

An appointment by Ohio Gov. John Kasich would be a temporary appointment until the Nov. 7 election. According to state law, anyone seeking to succeed Wall in the municipal courtroom had to have filed petitions for election within 10 days of his death.

Those who had filed petitions to be on the November ballot are Melynda Cook Howard, Beth Yauch Joseph, Terri King, Jeff Milbauer and James Sherron.

The Butler County GOP will send its recommendation to Kasich for consideration of appointing a temporary judge.

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Those seeking the recommendation should send the following:

  • Resume
  • Background information form
  • Judicial candidate questionnaire (16 pages)
  • $250 application fee

Packets will be available to be picked up at the Butler County Republican Party headquarters at 3431 Princeton Road, suite 100 at Bridgewater Falls in Fairfield Twp. The office is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Qualified candidates must appear before the screening committee, but a date for the screening committee and recommendation meetings have not yet been set.

Butler County GOP Executive Chairman Todd Hall told the Journal-News after a screening committee hearing, an endorsement meeting will be “from the relevant regions of our party.”

Middletown Municipal Court’s jurisdiction includes the city limits as well as Madison and Lemon townships.

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