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11th District Court of Appeals

Published: Sun, October 28, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

11th District Court of Appeals

An * denotes the incumbent.

For term beginning 2/9/2013

Candidate: Mary Jane Trapp*

Age: 56.

Hometown: 8445 Whispering Pines Drive, Russell Township, Geauga County.

Employment: 11th District Court of Appeals judge.

Education: A law degree from Case Western Reserve University, bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.

Family: Husband, F. Michael Apicella, four stepchildren.

Priority: I will continue to pursue efforts started during my three years in a leadership position on our court, to which I brought my skills honed as the managing partner of a successful law firm to the management of our court.

Candidate: Colleen Mary O’Toole

Age: 51.

Hometown: 6185 Grandridge Pointe Drive, Concord Township, Lake County.

Employment: Attorney and CEO of On Demand Interpretation Services LLC.

Education: A law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law and bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University.

Family: Husband, David, three children.

Priority: Reduce number of judges and staff, improve access to justice for litigants, make transcripts public record and free to the public, eliminate influence of special interests.


For term beginning 1/1/2013

Candidate: Richard L. James*

Age: 61.

Hometown: 4149 Chevelle Drive SE, Lordstown.

Employment: Trumbull County Family Court judge.

Education: Law degree from the University of Akron, bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

Family: Wife, June; two children.

Priority: To continue to serve with integrity, independence and impartiality.

Candidate: Sandra Stabile Harwood

Age: 62.

Hometown: 2671 Oak Forest Drive, Niles.

Employment: Self-employed attorney.

Education: Law degree from the University of Akron, bachelor’s degree from Kent State University.

Family: Husband, Thomas Harwood; two children; three stepchildren.

Priority: I will apply the law as written to the facts of each case fairly, independently and impartially. All who come before the court will be treated with dignity and respect.


For term beginning 1/1/2013

Candidate: Robert Platt

Age: 65.

Hometown: 332 Old Oak Drive, Cortland.

Employment: Attorney for law firm Gessner & Platt.

Education: Law degree from University of Akron, bachelor’s degree from Otterbein College.

Family: Wife, Susan; two children.

Priority: Institute video arraignments to allow better and more cost-effective use of court and police personnel.

Candidate: Randil Rudloff

Age: 66.

Hometown: 2778 Tall Oak Circle, Cortland.

Employment: Partner in the law firm of Guarnieri & Secrest.

Education: Law degree from Ohio Northern University, bachelor’s degree from Kent State University.

Family: N/A.

Priority: To continue the already effective and efficient operation of the court and to implement internet video arraignments and establish online docket access for the public.

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