Mike Skindell (Democrat)

Running for
ResidenceLakewood, OH
EducationCleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio Juris Doctorate, May, 1987 Moot Court Board of Governors Class Rank: top quartile Walsh University, Canton, Ohio Bachelor of Arts, cum laude in Political Science and Business, 1983 Dean’s List; Walsh College Scholarship; Dorm Council; Activities Council; Student Academic Representative
EmployerOhio Senate - January, 2011-present
Friedman, Domiano & Smith, Cleveland, Associate Attorney - December, 1999-present
FamilyNot married.
Time in area22 years in Lakewood.
Reasons for runningI'm running to restore balance to the Ohio Supreme Court.

During the 25 years I have been involved in public service, I have always put people first.
As a judge, I will be impartial and fair.

As a lawmaker, my legislative record is an open book. I have been a voice for working and middle class families, high quality education for all children and lower tuition for college students and their families. I voted against Senate Bill 5, the unfair, unsafe law that hurt us all.

During my public service, I have supported voting rights, affordable health care and lower prescription drug costs for the elderly. And I have worked for reasonable gas and electric rates, greater consumer protections, the environment and the development of Ohio’s renewable energy resources.
Priorities Restoring balance to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Making sure that everyone has an equal voice before the court.

As an attorney, I fought against injustice. As a legislator in the Ohio House and now in the Ohio Senate, I have been a voice against injustice. And as a member of the Ohio Supreme Court, I will stand up against injustice.
QualificationsI have served on numerous committees in the House and Senate, including the Finance committees that write state budgets.

I have been named legislator of the year by groups representing children, pediatrics, mental health and the environment.

I have been in private law practice since 1999. For ten years prior, I was a hearing officer for the Ohio Department of Health where I presided over rulings to protect the elderly in nursing homes, the disabled in group homes, improve living conditions for migrant farm workers and ensure the milk supply was sanitary.
Positions on the issues As a candidate for the Ohio Supreme Court, I cannot comment on issues, however, my legislative record outlined above is an open book.
Offices Sought Lakewood City Council - 1997, 1999, 2001
Ohio House - 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
Ohio Senate - 2010
Offices Held Ohio House member - January, 2003-December, 2010
Lakewood City Council - January, 1998-December, 2002