Two more candidates for Perrysburg Municipal Court judge have formally announced their bids for the judgeship.
Last week Perrysburg city council member Tom Mackin announced his candidacy, and this week C. Drew Griffith and Molly Mack have announced that they have joined the race. Mr. Griffith and Mrs. Mack will face off in the May 7 Republican primary along with candidate Aram Ohanian, an assistant Wood County prosecutor who lives in Perrysburg.
Winner of the primary contest will advance to the general election when voters will elect a new judge to replace Judge S. Dwight Osterud. Mr. Mackin, a Democrat, has said he will run as a non-partisan candidate. His name will be on the general election ballot Nov. 5.
Judge Osterud has announced plans to retire when his term is up at the end of this year.
Mrs. Mack, wife of Perrysburg Township trustee Robert Mack, has been a licensed attorney for more than 20 years and is an assistant Wood County prosecutor. The Port Clinton High School graduate and Perrysburg Township resident graduated with honors from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich., where she served as managing editor of the Cooley Law Review.
“I am very excited and honored to be running for judge of the Perrysburg Municipal Court," she said. "I believe the voters will find my experience, responsiveness, accountability, and compassion the qualities that they are looking for when electing a judge.”
She began her legal career at the U.S. District Court, northern district of Ohio, under John W. Potter in 1990. Mrs. Mack maintained the court’s docket of motions, trials, opinions and orders on matters pending before the court. She participated in a wide range of case law, both criminal and civil, appearing in federal court. After completing her two-year appointment in U.S. District court, Molly joined the law firm of Spengler Nathanson PLL and practiced law in the litigation division where she successfully defended clients in both state and federal civil trial and appellate matters.
In 1994 Mrs. Mack stopped practicing until 1999 to help raise her family.
She then became affiliated with the firm of Arnold & Caruso in Toledo and represented clients in commercial litigation ranging from employment matters, insurance coverage disputes, zoning and real estate matters.
In 2004 she joined the Wood County prosecuting attorney’s office where she serves as chief of the civil division. She both prosecutes on behalf of and defends actions against her public sector clients in various venues, including municipal, common pleas, state appeals, and federal district courts. She also represents her clients in legal matters before the Ohio State Personnel Board of Review and Ohio Civil Rights Commission.
The Macks have three children.
C. Drew Griffith
Mr. Griffith is Northwood Mayor’s Court Magistrate and a Perrysburg attorney.
During his eight-year tenure as Northwood Mayor’s Court Magistrate, the court has processed more than 16,000 criminal and traffic cases, including over 370 first-time OVI cases. The magistrate’s responsibilities include taking pleas, imposing fines, setting bonds for in-custody defendants, and imposing jail sentences of up to 180 days.
“My tenure as magistrate of Northwood Mayor’s Court has prepared me well for serving as Perrysburg Municipal Court Judge," Mr. Griffith said. "I have learned to appreciate the interests of victims and law enforcement, while being attentive to the rights of defendants."
He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Toledo College Of Law. During his career he has represented clients in the highest level state court felony cases, and in all variety of criminal and traffic misdemeanors. Mr. Griffith also has a wide-ranging civil case load, including domestic relations, juvenile court, landlord/tenant and federal bankruptcy cases.
“My broader trial experience in Common Pleas Courts, along with my extensive civil court practice, uniquely qualify me to serve on the municipal court bench," he said. "I have appeared in all municipal courts in Lucas and Wood counties, and understand that municipal courts stand as the community’s first line of defense and intervention regarding issues of substance abuse, domestic violence and impaired driving."
Mr. Griffith graduated from the Perrysburg Police Division’s Citizen Police Academy in October, 2012.
Mr. Griffith and his wife Jenni have been married 27 years, have three adult children and have resided in Perrysburg for more than 25 years. He volunteers as a public address announcer for Perrysburg High School football and boys lacrosse games, and is a member of Grace United Methodist Church.
"As Perrysburg Municipal Court Judge, I will endeavor to fulfill the Court’s Mission of providing quality service to the public, treating all persons using the legal system fairly and courteously, and to provide accurate and timely information to the public and litigants,” Mr. Griffith said.