Challenger George E. Pattison has unseated Municipal Court Judge Ken Zuk in the Nov. 8 election in a relatively close race.
Pattison took Zuk’s spot on the bench with 51.11 percent of votes as opposed to Zuk’s 48.89 percent.
“It feels really great,” Pattison said about being elected. “I’ve worked very hard to win this campaign, an awful lot of people have helped me. It is also a victory for the Republican party, the party pulled together really well to support me.”
For Pattison, who has spent time as both a prosecuting attorney and a defense attorney, becoming a judge has always been a goal.
“It’s something I’ve worked very directly on for a full year, and indirectly on all of my career,” Pattison said.
Pattison said he first became interested in government after participating in student court in high school. He earned a degree in education and went on to teach high school social studies.
Before long, Pattison said he became more interested in government and law and went back to school to obtained a law degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Once he received his law degree, he began practicing within the prosecutor’s office and also served as a solicitor for several villages and townships.
Pattison has defended his own clients and has also served as both the assistant prosecuting attorney and the prosecuting attorney for Clermont County. He became the assistant prosecuting attorney in 1975 and was elected as prosecuting attorney in 1981.
“The amount of experience I have had prosecuting and defending gave me a unique and balanced view on what needed to be done evaluating these cases,” Pattison said leading up to the election.
Pattison said it is this experience that will help him as a judge. Because he has seen a court room from several perspectives, he said he believes he can fairly and carefully try the cases that come before him.
“I look forward to the opportunity,” Pattison said about beginning his work as Municipal Court judge. “The whole idea is very exciting to me.”
Election results are unofficial until they are certified by the Clermont County Board of Elections.