By DENISE GRANT
OTTAWA — Putnam County will have a Democratic primary contest for juvenile and probate judge on May 6.
Candidate petitions were filed Friday by incumbent Judge Michael Borer, and a challenger, county Prosecutor Gary Lammers.
So far, no other candidate has filed in the race, according to the Putnam County Board of Elections.
Borer was appointed to the bench by former Gov. Ted Strickland following the retirement of Judge Daniel Gerschutz in 2011. He was elected to the remainder of the term in 2012.
Borer was previously a longtime staff attorney for the Putnam County Child Support Agency, and had a private practice in Ottawa. He also worked as an assistant county prosecutor and served as solicitor for five county villages.
Lammers was elected county prosecutor in 2004. He served as the county’s juvenile prosecutor from 1990 to 2000, and had a private practice for 14 years. He served as the magistrate for the Columbus Grove Mayor’s Court and as solicitor for 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.