Winkler, 52, has been a judge or prosecutor for more than two decades. He is married to Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Tracy Winkler; his father, Ralph, was a judge; and his late mother, Cheryl Winkler, was a state legislator. His brother Robert is also a common pleas judge.
Both men are running for a six-year term in a post that pays $121,350 annually. Estates, adoptions, guardianships and a variety of other matters are handled in probate court. Current Judge James Cissell is ineligible to seek another term.