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Incumbent judge being challenged for appeals court

By DAVE O'BRIEN Staff Writer Published: October 30, 2016 4:00 AM
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A corporate attorney with nearly 40 years of legal experience is running to unseat an incumbent judge on the 11th District Court of Appeals in Warren.

Running for a second term is incumbent Judge Thomas R. Wright. His challenger is attorney Ron M. Tamburrino.

The court considers appeals of decisions made by lower courts in Portage, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull counties.

The six-year term starts Feb. 9, 2017. Judicial general elections are not partisan, but Wright ran as a Democrat in the primary and Tamburrino as a Republican.

RON TAMBURRINO

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Tamburrino, 58, of Trumbull Township, Ashtabula County, holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Akron.

He worked as an attorney in the Sherwin Williams company legal department until he retired in 2014, and also has worked in private practice.

Tamburrino also is an elected member of the Trumbull Township board of trustees. He has served in that capacity since 2005.

Tamburrino ran against Judge Timothy P. Cannon for his seat on the appeals court in 2014 but lost.

THOMAS WRIGHT

Wright, 52, of Warren, was elected to the 11th District Court of Appeals in 2010. A 1986 graduate of Ohio State University, he graduated from the University of Toledo College of Law with honors in 1991, according to his campaign website.

After passing the Ohio bar exam, Wright served as a law clerk for Judge Donald R. Ford Sr. of the 11th District Court of Appeals. He eventually spent 17 years as a trial and appellate lawyer, working mainly on civil cases, and as an acting judge in Trumbull County.

Wright was the 2005-06 Mahoning County Bar Association Lawyer of the Year, and also is certified to practice in federal courts in Ohio. He is a member of numerous bar association and the Ohio Appellate Judges Association.

In this election, Wright has been rated "highly recommended" by the attorneys of the Portage County Bar Association, and the same by the Lake County Bar Association.

The Trumbull County Bar Association named him their "preferred candidate," while the Geauga County Bar Association recommended him "favorable."


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