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Judge Evans postpones retirement, eliminates need for special election

Published: Thu, July 31, 2014 @ 4:41 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court postponed his retirement by a month, just enough time to eliminate a special election for the two-plus years remaining on his term.

Judge Evans moved his retirement from Sept. 1 to Oct. 1, saying today that the timing of his departure has nothing do with a Nov. 4 election for his seat.

He declined to elaborate on his reasoning for postponing his departure one month.

“It’s a very personal thing that I have explained to the [Ohio] Supreme Court,” he said.

But, in a letter Wednesday written to Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, obtained by The Vindicator, Judge Evans states the election was a factor in his decision to postpone his retirement.

Delaying his retirement by a month “will allow my successor as appointed by Gov. [John] Kasich to have an extended period of time in office while completing my current term before having to run in the general election,” the judge wrote.

County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras is livid that Judge Evans changed his retirement date.

“It seems to me the voters in Mahoning County have been denied the opportunity to pick who their judge is,” he said. “It’s not Judge Evans’ seat. It’s not the governor’s seat. It belongs to the voters.”

For the complete story, read Friday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1Roger_Thornhill(575 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

It's not your seat Betras, so stop crying because you didn't get to choose the judge..

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2redeye1(4564 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Sounds like a self centered move to me. He's afraid that the Governor might appoint a GOP candidate. to the position.

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3vinglass(238 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

It's not your seat to fill either, Dave. Judge Evans has more integrity in his little toe than you have in your whole body.

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