James Sherron cruises to win in contentious Middletown judge race

James Sherron was the leader throughout the night in both Butler and Warren counties and cruised to a convincing victory to become the new judge of Middletown Municipal Court.

“I’m ecstatic,” he said. “I’m glad the voters could see through everything and weigh all of the issues and politics of it.”

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Sherron was elected to complete the final two years of the term of the late Judge Mark Wall who died in February.

Sherron received 41.3 percent of the vote in Butler County and 44.1 percent of the vote in Warren County, according to the boards of elections.

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Sherron led the three-candidate field that included incumbent Judge Melynda Cook-Howard, who received 32.7 percent of the Butler County vote and 26.6 percent of the Warren County vote; and Elizabeth Yauch, who received nearly 26 percent of the vote in Butler County and 29.2 percent of the vote in Warren County.

Cook-Howard was appointed in May by Gov. John Kasich to the judgeship.

On Monday, the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct panel recommended fines against Sherron for improper judicial campaign violations.

“I’m very happy and tired,” he said. “It’s been a long year since February.”

When asked what the takeaway was from his campaign and victory, Sherron said, “I’m humbled and I want to do the best job I can.”

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