ELYRIA — Paul St. Marie and more than 100 of his supporters gathered at the Foundry Kitchen and Bar on Saturday as he announced his candidacy for Elyria Municipal Court judge.
In a speech to the crowd, he said St. Marie Law Firm has had other attorneys who also went on to be judges in Elyria.
“I believe the time is right for yet another attorney in this lineage of successful judgeships to seek judicial office,” he said.
Elyria Municipal Court Judge Gary Bennett once was an attorney at the firm, and former Lorain County Domestic Relations Judge Dave Basinski used to be partner at the firm, known then as Basinski and St. Marie. Basinski retired in 2013.
St. Marie has spent nearly his entire life and career in Elyria, working as an attorney for more than 36 years since graduating from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1981.
He said he was grateful for the support and felt hopeful for his candidacy.
“All signs right now point to a lot of support, and I think that we’re riding a wave, and I think it’s going to continue to grow stronger,” he said.
St. Marie said he’d been interested in the position for years and decided to throw his hat in the ring after Judge Lisa Locke Graves retired. Judge Robert White took Locke Grave’s place in February after she announced her retirement in fall 2017.
White was appointed by Gov. John Kasich on Jan. 19 to replace Locke Graves, whose unexpired term ends Jan. 1, 2022. White will have to run in November to complete the remainder of the term.
White couldn’t be reached for comment on whether he plans to run for the judgeship.