Open Clark County municipal court judge seat draws 5 applicants

Five applicants have filed applications seeking to replace a longtime local judge who recently resigned due to health problems.

The Clark County Republican Party sought applicants as part of a nomination process to replace Clark County Municipal Court Judge Eugene S. Nevius, who recently resigned after serving the area since 1981. Ohio Gov. John Kasich is expected to nominate a replacement before the end of this year, said Dan Harkins, chairman of the Clark County Executive Committee.

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Applicants who have applied for the position include:

• Daniel Carey, who received his law degree from Ohio Northern University and has been licensed to practice since 1991. Carey is also a chief prosecutor for the city of Bellefontaine and also works for Thompson, Dunlap and Heydinger, Ltd., a firm headquartered in Bellefontaine. Carey previously served as an assistant Clark County prosecutor, and narrowly lost an election for the seat against Nevius in 2015.

• Stephen Schumaker, deputy attorney general for law enforcement for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. He is a 34-year veteran of the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office and served as prosecuting attorney for 26 of those years. Schumaker is a graduate of Wittenberg University and earned his law degree from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, according to information from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

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• Robert Vaughn, who earned his law degree from Capital University and has practiced since 1998. Vaughn is a former Cedarville University law professor who also served seven years as a staff attorney at the Ohio Supreme Court and later moved into private practice. Vaughn was appointed to replace Judge Joseph Monnin as a Clark County Juvenile Court judge, but lost an election in May to Katrine Lancaster to retain the seat.

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• Bob Lancaster, a trial attorney for the Springfield firm Pavlatos, Catanzaro and Lancaster. He has been practicing since 1987 after earning a degree from the University of Dayton.

• Brian Driscoll, who has served as an assistant Clark County prosecutor since 2005. Driscoll was admitted to practice in 2001 after earning a degree from the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law.

There will be a special election next year to determine who will fill the seat for the remainder of this term. Voters elect municipal court judges in odd-numbered years.

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The local Republican party has organized a judicial screening committee to gather applications for the position. That committee will make recommendations to the Clark County Republican Party Central Committee, nominating at least three potential candidates to serve as judge until the special election.

Candidates will be interviewed on Nov. 10 and the party’s central committee will have access to material compiled by the screening committee. The Republican Party’s Central Committee is expected to meet on Nov. 15.

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