Kamm seeks continuing public service as judge

Cary Ashby • Jan 5, 2019 at 10:00 PM

BERLIN HEIGHTS — Berlin Heights Mayor CJ Kamm, an area attorney, has announced his candidacy for the office of Erie County Municipal Court judge in the November general election.

Kamm is in his second term as mayor, having first been elected in 2011. He served one term on Berlin Heights village council prior to that.

“It has been an honor to serve as mayor and represent the community of Berlin Heights. I have enjoyed working to better the community. If elected to this judgeship, I am excited to continue in public service in a position that will allow me to combine my legal experience with my desire to serve the public,” Kamm said.

“I just love public service. This is a great way to combine my love for public service and do more for the community,” the 1998 Edison High School graduate added. “I’ve been in the area my whole life.”

The Erie County Municipal Court district is comprised of the villages of Berlin Heights and Milan, Kelleys Island, and the Berlin, Groton, Milan, Margaretta and Oxford townships. Paul Lux is the presiding judge, having started serving Jan. 1, 1995.

“I understand he’s not running again,” said Kamm, who, according to the Erie County Board of Elections, is the only candidate to have filed his petition as of Friday.

The filing deadline is 4 p.m. Feb. 6. A judge’s race is considered non-partisan, but candidates have to file partisan petitions. The municipal court judgeship is a six-year term.

Since 2006, Kamm has practiced law with the Sandusky law firm of Flynn, Py & Kruse Co., L.P.A., representing individual and business clients across a wide area of legal matters, including: Civil, criminal, probate, estate and trust, real estate, business organizations, and business transactions. He has represented clients primarily in Erie, Huron, Ottawa, and Sandusky Counties, but also throughout northern Ohio.

“My success as an attorney and public official has been the result of my hard work, dedication and patience. I believe these attributes, combined with my experience across a wide range of legal matters and my ability to approach cases from an independent and impartial viewpoint, qualify me to serve as our next municipal court judge,” Kamm said.

Since he doesn’t have any experience as an acting judge, Kamm said if he’s elected judge, it’s an opportunity to see how the court system runs behind the scenes.

“I’m excited for the challenge if the voters select me. I thought it would be a great opportunity,” he added.

Kamm currently serves on the board of Kinship Inc., a small, Erie County-based, non-profit organization that operates a supervised parenting center for families in need. He also serves on the board of the Humane Society of Erie County, which operates a shelter in Sandusky for animals abandoned in the county.

He graduated with honors from Baldwin Wallace University (when it was college) with a bachelor of arts degree, where he majored in political science and had a minor in history. Kamm received his juris doctorate from The University of Akron School of Law, graduating with honors. He is a member of the Ohio Bar Association and Erie County Bar Association.

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