CARLISLE TWP. — Elyria Municipal Court Judge Robert White announced he’s running for re-election before a roomful of his supporters Friday afternoon.
Several of White’s supporters gathered at Carlisle Township Hall as White confirmed that he planned to run for Elyria Municipal Court judge in the 2019 election to fill the unexpired term of Judge Lisa Locke Graves, who retired last year. White was appointed to replace Locke Graves by Ohio Gov. John Kasich in January. The term is set to expire in 2022.
“As judge, I have worked diligently to develop a firm but fair judicial philosophy that balances various forms of discipline, treatment and judicial oversight to deal with some of our most pressing societal issues, such as the opioid epidemic,” White said. “In addition, I have been able to leverage my many years of litigation, administration, public service and business ownership experience to help improve and streamline court operations and public access.”
Several elected officials attended the event, including mayors, township trustees, City Council members, former judges and state Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville.
Manning introduced White to the crowd during the event after describing White as having empathy and integrity and being even-keeled.
“I don’t want to say that the judge is boring, but he’s very level,” Manning said. “I’ve never seen him get upset. He’s always very, very calm, even when there’s exciting things going on. He holds it in; even though I’m sure there are times he wants to scream at people.”
One other person has announced plans to run in next year’s election to fill the remainder of Locke Graves’ unexpired term. Earlier this month, attorney Paul St. Marie announced his plans to run as a Democrat.
White is a Republican, meaning he and St. Marie would not face off until the November general election, as long as both candidates win their party’s nomination in the May primary.