Judge race contested in Putnam County Democratic primary

OTTAWA — Putnam County will have a contested Democratic primary in the race for juvenile and probate judge on May 6.

Candidate petitions were filed today by incumbent Judge Michael Borer, and challenger, county Prosecutor Gary Lammers. So far, there have been no other filers in the race, according to the Putnam County Board of Elections. Should no other challengers step forward, the race will be decided that day.

Borer was first appointed to the bench by former Gov. Ted Strickland at the retirement of Judge Daniel Gerschutz in 2011. He was then elected to the remainder of the term in 2012.

A longtime staff attorney for the Putnam County Child Support Agency, Borer has had a private practice in Ottawa since 1987. He has also worked as an assistant county prosecutor, and served as solicitor for five county villages.

Lammers was first elected as county prosecutor in 2004. He also served as the county’s juvenile prosecutor from 1990 to 2000, and practiced as a private attorney for 14 years. He served as the magistrate for the Columbus Grove Mayor’s Court and as solicitor for the Village of Kalida for several years.

A candidate for judge must be admitted to practice law in Ohio and must practice for at least six years preceding the commencement of his or her first term as judge, or must have served as a judge of a court in any jurisdiction in the United States.

The filing deadline is 4 p.m. Wednesday for party candidates to be placed on the primary ballot.

Petitions are available at the Putnam County Board of Elections, 336 E Main St., Ottawa. Major-party candidates need 50 signatures of registered voters in the county.

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