The News-Herald

Election Questionnaire

Date questionnaire completed: _April 18, 2014
Office sought: Lake County Common Pleas Court

Political party: Democrat
Name: Ron Graham
Age: 56 Date of birth: February 21, 1958 Place of birth: Cleveland Ohio
Home address:521 Malvern Drive Painesville Ohio 44077
Length of residence in that community: 30 Twitter: ______________________
Facebook: ____________________ Campaign Web site: www.rongraham4judge.com
Occupation: Attorney Employer: _____________________
Business address: 6988 Spinach Drive Mentor Ohio 44060
Elected office experience: Painesville City Council 1988-1996
Non-elected office experience (boards, etc.): Assistant Lake County Prosecutor 1987-1991 Mentor City Prosecutor
1991-2003 Madison Township Law Director 2001-2014 Acting Judge Painesville Municipal Court 1995-2004
Assistant Painesville Law Director 2004 to present Painesville City Prosecutor 2013-present
Education (Please only list schools you’ve graduated from and list degrees if applicable):
Mentor High School 1976 Youngstown State University 1984 B.A. Cleveland Marshall College of Law 1987 J.D. _
Marital status: Married Name of spouse: Kim
Name and age of any children: Joe 18 Elizabeth 16
Organizations: Ohio State Bar Association Member Mentor United Methodist Church
Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research,
and how specifically would you go about it?:
I would like to work with the other judges to continue to improve the online filing system so eventually all civil
cases will be able to file online just as they are in the federal system now.
I would continue to keep the docket moving just as Judge Gibson does now so cases are tried in a timely manner
and would continue to have cases heard within one year of filing.
I think it is important that we explore a drug court in Lake County Common Pleas. As a prosecutor I have seen the
explosion of heroin cases in our county, and we as public officials need to help stop this horrible trend.
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Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?
I am the only Democratic in this race who has been a prosecutor, defense attorney, acting judge, law director and
legal counsel for a union. The common pleas court is a trial bench you need someone who has the right trial
experience. In my 27 years of experience have tried 138 jury trials and over 350 bench trials. I have also had over
75 cases in the Eleventh District Court of Appeals and argued twice before the Ohio Supreme Court. I am
endorsed by the Lake County Democratic Party and recommended by the Lake County Bar Association. I have
practiced in Lake County my entire career and 90% of my cases have been right here in Lake County.
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NOTE TO CANDIDATES: Please be aware that this questionnaire will be published.