Endorsed Candidates

Justice Sharon L. Kennedy was re-elected to a full-term on the Supreme Court of Ohio on November 4, 2014, and first joined the Court in 2012, having been elected to fill an unexpired term.  The most important aspect of her work on the bench is honoring her limited role in government - interpreting the law, not rewriting it or legislating from the bench.

Since being elected to the Supreme Court of Ohio, Sharon’s work has gone beyond the bench. Launching and sustaining the initiative “Lean Forward: Advancing Veterans Treatment Courts Across Ohio. Along with writing and presenting continuing legal education programs and maintaining an active speaking schedule educating students and civic organizations. 

With over 34 years in the justice system, Sharon has a unique experience. Prior to her term on the Supreme Court of Ohio, she served at the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division beginning in 1999.  Entering the legal profession in 1991, Sharon was a solo practitioner serving the legal needs of families, juveniles, and the less fortunate. During that time, she also served as special counsel for Attorney General Betty D. Montgomery, and worked as a part-time magistrate and warrant officer in the Butler County Area Courts.  Sharon began her career in the justice system protecting the citizens in the City of Hamilton as a police officer.

As the 155th member of the Ohio Supreme Court, Justice Judi French was elected to her first full six-year term in 2014, after being appointed by Gov. John Kasich to fill a vacancy.

Justice French has spent the last two decades in public service.  She has served as an appellate judge, chief legal counsel to the governor, an assistant attorney general, and a state government lawyer.  Her legal experience also includes working as a corporate attorney and in private practice.

The daughter of a schoolteacher, Justice French appreciates her Ohio roots and education, and she is committed to being a part of civic education in Ohio.  She speaks frequently to high school students, particularly those studying the Ohio judicial system.  She serves as a mentor in a local program supporting students in foster care who want to go to college.   

Justice French served on the court’s Access to Justice Task Force and continues to be an advocate for granting all Ohioans access to the civil justice system.  Working with legal aid organizations around the state, she encourages lawyers to engage in pro bono activity.

She received three degrees from the Ohio State University: a bachelor’s in political science, a master’s in history and, with honors, her law degree.  In 2018, the OSU Moritz College of Law awarded her the Distinguished Jurist Award for her work on the bench.

Charles Sulek

Charles Sulek

Charles Sulek is seeking election to the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals, which is comprised of Erie, Fulton, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams and Wood counties. Charlie believes that judges should interpret the U.S. Constitution, the Ohio Constitution, and other laws as they are written and should not legislate from the bench.

Charlie is currently a litigation attorney in Toledo, Ohio, and he previously worked as a Judicial Attorney at the Ohio Supreme Court. After obtaining a degree in political science from The Ohio State University, Charlie earned his law degree from Capital University Law School. He and his wife, Emma, reside in Sylvania Township with their children.

Alfonso Gonzalez

Alfonso Gonzalez

  • Judge of the Court of Common Pleas

Born and raised in Findlay, Ohio, Judge Alfonso "Jess" Gonzalez was raised Roman Catholic with a blue collar work ethic. His dad was a millwright for Cooper Tire & Rubber and a member of the United Rubber Workers of America for over 35 years.

His grandparents legally migrated from Mexico in the early 20th century allowing his parents to be first generation US citizens. Judge Gonzalez' parents grew up as migrants and continue assisting the migrant community to this day. This back story has allowed Judge Gonzalez to be fluent in English and Spanish and has helped him maintain contact with the Northwest Ohio Hispanic Community. He has served as a board member of Adelante for over six years.

Judge Gonzalez has been a resident of Lucas County for approximately 24 years, primarily working in the legal community. He was an attorney with a general civil practice but also handled criminal matters. Prior to his appointment as a Judge, he served as a magistrate for over four years in the Domestic Relations Division, of the Lucas County Common Pleas court. There he handled an annual caseload of approximately 900 cases and presided over hundreds of bench hearings and trials

Jess is currently one of ten sitting Judges at the Lucas County Common Pleas Court and will have nearly six years of judicial experience by the 2020 election.

Judge Gonzalez is a parishioner of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Maumee, Ohio and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 11370. He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Toledo Bar Association and has served as a board member of the YMCA, Adelante and had prior membership in the Ohio Association of Magistrates.

Lisa D.	McGowan

Lisa D. McGowan

Lisa D. McGowan was elected judge of Lucas County Domestic Relations Court in 2014.  Prior to her election to the bench, she was appointed magistrate in the Domestic Relations Court from January, 2012 through December, 2014 and staff attorney for Judge David Lewandowski, Lucas County Domestic Relations Court from December, 1999 to December, 2011.  Judge McGowan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Management/Accounting from Hartwick College in 1989 and her law degree from the University of Toledo, College of Law in 1992.

Prior to her service with the Lucas County Domestic Relations Court, she was an Assistant Public Defender, in-house counsel with Centerior Energy Corporation/Toledo Edison Company, and engaged in the private practice of law with an emphasis on employment law. 

Judge McGowan was a Past-President of the Toledo Women’s Bar Association and the Toledo Junior Bar Association and has served on many committees of the Toledo Bar Association. She has served on the Board of the University of Toledo College of Law Alumni Association, Maria Early Learning Center, Josina Lott Foundation, Senior Centers, Inc., and was President of the School Advisory Council of St. Pius X School. Judge McGowan currently serves on the Boards of The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio and Adelante, Inc., and has been a Reader for the Ohio Bar Examination under the Ohio Board of Governors, Supreme Court of Ohio since 1997.

Judge McGowan lives in Sylvania with her husband, Chris, and their two children. Their son, Paul, is a junior at Southview High School and their daughter, Liz, is a 7th grade student at Timberstone Junior High.

Proud to call Northern Ohio home for over 30 years, Theresa and her husband Jim have three children and are members of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Bowling Green.

Theresa is an attorney and co-owner of Bowling Green’s Mr. Spots with her husband.

As State Senator for the 2nd Senate District, Theresa is building upon the successes of her time as State Representative. She continues to lead the fight for smaller, more transparent government, a stronger economy, and a brighter future for northern Ohio families, citizens, and small businesses.

Bob Latta

Bob Latta

Congressman Bob Latta represents Ohio's Fifth Congressional District and is currently serving his seventh term in the United States House of Representatives. As the Republican Leader of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and as a member of the Committee's Subcommittees on Energy and Consumer Protection and Commerce, Bob oversees a variety of issues, including energy, telecommunications, food and drug safety, health care, and interstate and foreign commerce. He also serves as Deputy Whip, Co-Chairman of the Rural Broadband Caucus, and is a past Co-Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.

Previously, Bob was a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He also served in the Ohio House of Representatives (2001-2007), the Ohio Senate (1997-2000), and as Wood County Commissioner (1991-1996).

As a lifelong resident of Northwest Ohio, Bob understands the needs of his constituents and is committed to representing their interests in Washington, D.C. He is focused on promoting economic prosperity and job creation in Ohio, as well as throughout the country, and believes we must balance the budget, reduce the national debt, and work toward commonsense government reforms. He is also active in his community, where he is a member of the Bowling Green Noon Kiwanis, having served as President, Director and Trustee, the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and the Wood County Farm Bureau.

He and his wife Marcia live in Bowling Green and have two daughters, Elizabeth and Maria.

Rob	Weber

Rob Weber

U.S. Military Academy at West Point '95, B.S. Environmental Engineering; Univ. of Louisville '99, MBA; Ohio State Moritz College of Law '03; J.D.  Served 5 additional years of active duty as an Armor (tanks) officer in the U.S. Army Worked as a trial lawyer for 17 years after graduating from OSU Law.

Ran for office in '18 for State Rep. in District 56.  Currently running for U.S. Congress in Ohio District 9 against Marcy Kaptur.  Running on these issues:  Veteran, pro-1st & 2nd Amendment, pro-Life, America First & pro-American Worker, Law & Order, and Constitutional Defender.

Robert McMahon

Robert McMahon

  • State Representative (44th District)

I am married to Sarah McMahon and have two young boys, Charles (3) and Leonard (1). I graduated from St Francis de Sales HS and have both a BA and MA in Economics form The University of Toledo. I have been a church organist and music director for over 18 years currently at Immaculate Conception Bellevue Ohio. I have worked at Savage and Associates since 2015 and hold series 7 and 66 licenses. I am an adjunct instructor at Lourdes University in Business Department. I am the President of the Lucas County Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 386 and Treasurer of the Bavarian Benevolent Society. I have previously owned and operated the Budapest Restaurant on Monroe Street in District 44 for many years. I have lived and worked in my district my entire life and would like to continue to be of service to my district for many years to come. I believe that education has been a main source of success in my life and believe that everyone should be able to access the education that they need to grow and prosper. School choice is the best way to give students who do not have the financial resources to attend private schools on their own the opportunity to improve themselves and their community. Improving access and information to under-served communities will better allow them to fill the jobs that will be needed tomorrow. Economic development in the central city is key to a vibrant and living urban area that attracts new people to revitalize what has been lost as well as grow into a more stable tax base for the city in the future. It is important that policy makers take a holistic approach to funding and rules and regulations. For Toledo to garner attention and support from Columbus, District 44 should be represented by someone who is able to understand that working with the Majority will serve better than opposing it.

Shane Logan

Shane Logan

Lifelong Toledoan, Entrepreneur, Whitmer graduate, and current University of Toledo College Republican Chapter president who is looking to bring about a positive change of leadership to the 45th district of the Ohio House. 

Steven Salander

Steven Salander

Mr. Salander currently works as a Personal Banker with Fifth Third Bank and has his BS in Business Administration from the University of Toledo.  He was a volunteer with Woodville Township Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years.

Mr. Salander also volunteers his time as an advocate for abused children with Voices 4 Victims and also with the Red Cross.  He is very passionate about serving the community and public safety.

He is currently involved in the movement to prevent the Consolidation of 911 services in Lucas County.  Mr Salander also started the group Be The Solution Lucas County which works to clean up the trash  around the public areas of Lucas County.

I chose to run because I have seen the disconnect between our government and the people they are to serve.  My purpose is to bring it back from "us and them" to a we the people.  Working closely with local communities and organizations to fully understand and serve all of the constituents of District 46.  I am passionate about protecting our freedoms and the Constitution for all.  Other passions include protecting our local natural resources and our first responders across the State.

Derek Merrin

Derek Merrin

State Representative Derek Merrin is serving his second term in the Ohio House after being appointed in 2016. He represents the 47th district, which includes portions of Lucas and Fulton counties.

As Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Merrin is a strong advocate for lower taxes, simplifying the tax code, and promoting transparency. Also, he currently serves on the Insurance Committee, Civil Justice Committee, and the Ohio Retirement Study Council.

Rep. Merrin previously served as Chairman of the House Health Committee where he advocated for policies to reduce health care costs, promote price transparency, and better patient access through fewer regulations.

He successfully repealed the sales tax on prescription eyewear effective July 1, 2019 saving taxpayers $30 million annually (HB116). Furthermore, he successfully championed the repeal of Financial Institution Tax on Small Business Investment Companies (HB 592), the Epinephrine Accessibility Act (HB 101), the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act (HB 214), and eased the process for homeowners to challenge their property value (HB 118). Rep. Merrin is a real estate investor.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toledo and Master of Public Administration degree from Bowling Green State University.

Rep. Merrin served two years on Waterville City Council. Two years later, he was elected mayor of Waterville at 21 years old, becoming the youngest mayor in Ohio serving from 2008-2011.

Tom Names

Tom Names

Tom Names grew up in New Jersey, and graduated from Lafayette College with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He has forty years of experience in the design of fossil fueled and nuclear power plants. A significant amount has been the design and installation of anti-pollution devices including low NOx, SOx and particulate equipment. He has been a Toledo resident for twenty-five years, is retired and running for Toledo City Council. He is a problem solver and believes technology should be embraced, for example, to reduce infant mortality, especially in the inner city and to prevent the dangerous pollution of Lake Erie, for example, with phosphorous capture and recycling.

I am the candidate for Lucas County Recorder. I will make a difference! I am a wife, mom, mother-in-law, and Grammy. I have an MBA from the University of Toledo, and a BS in Applied Science from Miami. I served 12 years on the Sylvania school board. I am serving my 6th year as chair of OCCS, a sponsor of 48 charter schools.

John Rozic

John Rozic

Member, Waterville City Council since 2014; Vice-Mayor in 2020. Member, Anthony Wayne Board of Education 2000 to 2008. Attorney in private practice since 1981 with Shindler Neff LLP. Active in charitable and community organizations.University of Toledo, College of Law. Case Western Reserve University, degree in accounting. Resident of Lucas County for over 45 years. Married for 48 years; three children; eight grandchildren.

Ron Murphy was born and raised in West Toledo. He attended Meadowvale Elementary, Washington Junior High, and graduated from Whitmer High School. Ron has worked in Toledo his entire life. His work history includes many years managing a successful sales company and supervising for a Toledo-based nonprofit company. Ron has dedicated the last 15 years of his life to trying to end homelessness for people with mental health issues. Ron is blessed by his lovely wife, Jenny, and his talented sons Romero and Dominic. The couple were high school sweethearts and have been married now for 17 years. Mr. Murphy is a member of the Lucas County Republican Central Committee and Executive Committee. He is proud to serve in Precinct 23D (Whitmer area). Ron is active within the Greater Toledo Republican Club where he is the Vice President. Ron is looking forward to becoming one of the next Commissioners for Lucas County, where he believes he can bring integrity back to the office. He's a Proud American who stands for the Pledge, kneels to God. He supports law enforcement and the military, is Pro-life and Pro 2nd Amendment. He believes your voice should be heard and believes all residents of Lucas County deserve much better representation.

Experienced law enforcement officer of 28 years: Command Officer With Lucas County Sheriff’s Office, Director Of Community Affairs (LCSO), Drug Prevention Officer (LCSO), Waterville Township Police Officer, Community Safety Instructor (LCSO), Lucas County Court Deputy

Military veteran of 23 years: retired 2008 security forces master sergeant, combined service active duty air force, Ohio Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, assigned Air Force Central Command, superintendent Of Operations Security Forces Reservist

Experienced leadership: Waterville Township Trustee, Former President And Board Member Of D.A.R.E. Association Of Ohio, Sheriff’s Representative On Local Boards And Coalitio, Youth Law Enforcement Explorer Post Lead, Safety Council Of NW Ohio Defensive Driving Instructor