A contest to fill three judges seats in the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas resulted in fairly strong wins by three Republican judges, two of which were incumbents to their seats.
Winning in a race without a challenger was Robert Ringland, with 40,243 votes. Judges Jerry McBride and Victor Haddad also posted wins, although in the face of two strong Democrat challengers.
Judge McBride, who currently sits as a common pleas judge, beat out attorney challenger Ronald Mason with nearly 62 percent of the vote. With 32,350 votes in his favor, Judge McBride beat Mason, who earned 19,961 votes from the voters of Clermont County.
“I’ve run as hard a race as I could,” said Mason. “I would do my absolute best to be a common pleas judge. I’m happy, I’ve had a lot of support along the way and good feedback at the polls.”
Judge McBride could not be reached for comment.
McBride was appointed to the position in 1995 and has served consistently since. McBride said that the position has long interested him, even when he started political life as a township clerk, then trustee and eventually a county commissioner.
“This is something I enjoy doing and something I think I’m very well suited to doing,” said McBride in an earlier interview. “This is something I do well. I have a reputation for being thoughtful in my decision making, and hardworking, and I take pride in having that reputation. I put the time in to make the best decisions I can make. Ultimately, when you look at the qualities of a judge, you look at how they exercise their judgement in the cases that come before them. It’s something I feel I do well, and hope the electorate will feel the same way. Good judicial temperament is required. A lot of people come through the courts, and they need to feel that the court is neutral and listening and making correct decisions.”
Judge Haddad, a municipal court judge, ran against attorney Ken Zuk for a new judges seat, which opened in the common pleas court for this election due to population growth. Judge Haddad, with several years of municipal court bench experience behind him, beat challenger Zuk, who once served as a municipal court judge. Judge Haddad captured 59 percent of the vote, with 31,298 votes to Zuk’s 21,615.
Haddad, who said in an earlier interview that he feels public service to be his niche, and looked at the new common pleas judgeship as a way to expand his horizons and service.
“I’m personable, fair, and I think I’ve shown that I’m very level and solid in my judicial temperament,” said Haddad in an earlier interview. “I have a lot of knowledge and skill and I’m experienced. I clearly believe that, if I didn’t think I could offer anything, I wouldn’t be interested. I think it’s real important to be in the trial level and experience what I’ve experienced to take things to the next level. I’m patient and listen to give people their fair shake. They may not agree with the result, I will hear them out.”