Voter Guide

The counties included in the voters guide for the Nov. 5, 2019 elections are: Montgomery, Warren, Miami, Greene, Clark, Champaign, and Butler.

NOTE: Not all communities have issues or candidates on the ballot. Guide does not include uncontested races.

Montgomery County Municipal Court

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    James D. Piergies

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    Tamela Womack

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Experience 24 years muni court judge; 5 years acting judge; 20 years attorney
Education undergrad degree psychology BGSU jd university of Dayton school of law
finalize construction trotwood courthouse, renovate courthouse Huber heights, secure "full-time' prosecutors for county muni courts, expand program with department of health with in-court drug and alcohol intervention officers.
24 years of working everyday as a Judge in this Court, over 800 hours of continuing education as a Judge through the Ohio Supreme Court, a proven track record of reducing crime in Huber Heights for 18 years and , more recently, in the western division, I have surrounded myself with highly qualified professionals who work with me to protect the citizens who have given me their trust for 24 years
I come to work every work day and rarely take my vacations, when law enforcement contacts me for a search warrant or other need, no matter what time of the day or night, I go to their location rather than have them come looking for me. Every citizen who appears in front of me as judge is given the presumption of innocence and is innocent until the evidence shows they are guilty. Because I treat every citizen who appears before me with respect, ,every person is called maam or sir, I have never had an incident where the person had to be subdued in my Court by security. I have worked hard to be a fair and honest Judge for the citizens who voted me into office for 4 terms and I will continue to do so if re-elected
Experience In January of 2008, I was appointed Magistrate of Fairborn Municipal Court where I preside over various criminal, traffic, civil, eviction and small claims cases. Prior to the bench, I worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney and also as an assistant public defender. Having the opportunity to work on both sides of the law has allowed me to provide a well balanced approach to administering justice.
Education JD from the University of Toledo, BA from Bowling Green State University
I plan to transition the Court from paper files to an electronic case management system to increase efficiency and public access. This is especially important because the Court consists of two separate buildings. The Judge and staff must be able to easily access a case to work on from either building. I will apply for a technology grant from the Ohio Supreme Court to help cover the cost. I strongly believe that the Court should create a specialized docket to address the growing issues related to drug abuse. There are many other Courts with successful treatment programs to refer to. In addition, I will implement a traffic intervention program to assist defendants with obtaining a valid driver’s license and insurance. This will help make driving safer.
In addition to my full-time profession as Magistrate, I have served in many volunteer roles collaborating to improve our system of justice. In 2012, I was elected to the board of the Ohio Association of Magistrates where I serve in a leadership role. In 2015, my colleagues elected me to serve as President of the Greene County Bar Association. In 2016, I was one of two Magistrates serving on the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial Conference’s Criminal Law and Procedure Committee. I continue to collaborate with the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial College, mentoring, teaching and planning education programs for Magistrates throughout Ohio.
This is my first time running for elected office and I am thrilled to be on the ballot. I decided to run for Judge for the opportunity to make a difference. It is important for a Judge to be free from political influence and make independent decisions based upon a fair and impartial assessment of the facts and understanding of the law. I have the desire, experience and leadership skills to administer justice and resolve disputes while applying the highest standards of ethics. It would be an honor to serve as Judge in the community where my family and I reside.