Darya Klammer for the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals, Feb. 9 term: endorsement editorial

The editorial board of The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com endorses Darya Klammer for the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals, Feb. 9 term.

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Two local lawyers, Darya Klammer of Concord Township in Lake County and former state Rep. Matt Lynch of Bainbridge Township in Geauga County, are competing for an 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals judgeship beginning Feb. 9. The court hears appeals from Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Portage and Trumbull counties.

Klammer, a Mentor Municipal Court magistrate, clawed her way onto the Nov. 6 ballot by garnering at least 50 votes as a Democratic write-in in May. Lynch won the Republican primary by defeating sitting Judge Colleen Mary O’Toole – winning in every county in the district.

Klammer, 48, a former president of the Lake County bar, helping her garner a solid 88 percent favorable rating by Lake County lawyers in a poll prior to the primary, said that among her goals is making court processes clearer for people and to promote new ways to resolve disputes – via mediation, for example. Klammer said she typically presents “ordinary people” and that her experience as a magistrate, and the varied cases in her private practice, have prepared her well for the Court of Appeals.

Lynch, 67, said he has a passion to serve the public and, if elected, would be “guided by the wisdom of our Founding Fathers.” Lynch singled out for praise the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and current Justice Neal Gorsuch for strict construction of the U.S. Constitution. Lynch said each jurist has “correctly rejected the concept that our Constitution was a ‘living’ document subject to change at the whim of the court.”

But the appellate court is a forum to resolve cases based on the law and constitution, not to debate philosophy.

Klammer, with a thoughtful approach and wide-ranging legal resume, is the better choice. Voters should elect Darya Klammer to the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals.

Early in-person and absentee voting for the Nov. 6 election begins Oct. 10. For more resources on judicial races in Ohio, consult Judicial Votes Count at the University of Akron and the League of Women Voters’ voters’ guide

Former state Rep. Matt Lynch, winner of the Republican primary for the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals Feb. 9 term, now faces on the Nov. 6 ballot Democrat Darya Klammer, an expert on family law and past president of the Lake County Bar Association, who serves as a Mentor Municipal Court magistrate. Klammer made history in the Ohio primary by managing to get enough votes as a judicial write-in candidate to earn a place on the November ballot. (She needed 50 votes; she got 4,182.) The two candidates were interviewed Sept. 4, 2018 by the editorial board of cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer as part of its endorsement process. Listen to full audio of the interview below:

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