|Running for||Probate Court|
|Education||HIgh school graduate - John F. Kennedy High School - 1982 BA in Psychology from Youngstown State University - 1990 Juris Doctorate from Akron School of Law - 1993 Sworn in before the Ohio Supreme Court - November 8, 1993|
|Employer||Attorney in private legal practice at John A. Leopardi Co., L.P.A.|
|Family||Married 30 years
Duane Knepp - Husband
Orion Knepp - Son
Aarika and Brian Sheehan - Daughter and Son-in-law
|Family in office?||Diana Marchese - Trumbull County Recorder|
|Reasons for running||For over 20 years, I have been an attorney in private legal practice. I have practiced in many areas of law with my main concentration in probate law. I understand the struggles that people deal with everyday. Because I know how to help them in Probate as an attorney, I know that I can make a difference in their lives as Probate Judge.|
|Priorities||Provide accessibility to the Probate Court through a program to cover costs for those who cannot afford it.
Increase the understanding of the probate process and its protections for the people.
Expand outreach programs and work with other existing programs to help those in need, ex: those confined in their homes, hospitals and nursing facilities.
|Qualifications||Private legal practice at John A. Leopardi Co., L.P.A. 1993 - present.
Guardian Ad Litem services for the Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Domestic/Juvenile Divisions 2001 - 2006.
President of the Trumbull County Humane Society 2006 - 2008.
Member of the Trumbull County and Ohio State Bar Associations 1994 - present.
Practiced law at the local, state and federal levels.
|Positions on the issues||Probate law affects all of us. Its issues are far reaching, ranging from the most happy of times, adoptions and marriages; to the most devastating, seeing a loved one no longer able to care for their own needs, to the most tragic in death. I know first hand that these matters are not just cases with numbers. They are people, just like you and I, who can have their lives shattered so quickly. The Probate Court exists to protect all of us, and I have dedicated my career to protecting the rights and advancing the interests of others. I will bring that same commitment and service to the people of Trumbull County as Probate Judge.|