About Kandi O'Connor

Thank you for visiting my web page to learn more about me as I seek your vote to be your next Judge of the Stow Municipal Court.

Upon hearing that I am running for Stow Municipal Court many people have said, "Why Stow Court when you live in Hudson?"  The Stow Municipal Court covers 16 communities in Northern Summit County, including Hudson and Stow.

I have spent the vast majority of my life living in Northern Summit County (except for a two year transfer to Dayton and back).  I was raised in Boston Heights on Olde Eight Road and graduated from Hudson High School with my two older sisters and one younger brother.  Working two jobs, as a waitress and a receptionist, I graduated from Kent State University Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science in Education.

Continuing to work full time while I pursued my law degree, I obtained my Juris Doctorate Degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, graduating in the top 25% and receiving Dean’s List recognition.  I was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1997.  I have been an attorney for 16 years and am a member of the Akron Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association.

My professional career has focused on being in the Courtroom.  I have been a Judicial Attorney at Summit County Court of Common Pleas for fourteen years. Prior I was a Judicial Attorney at the Tenth and Twelfth District Courts of Appeals.

In addition to my duties as a Judicial Attorney, I am also an Acting Magistrate for the General Division, having been appointed a Magistrate for the General Division in 2008.  I took a break from being a Magistrate last year to seek election to Clerk of Court.  I was reappointed to my Magistrate duties as of December 2012.  As a Magistrate, I conduct criminal arraignments, Civil Protection Hearings and civil hearings.

I am also the Technology Advisor for the Common Pleas Court.  As Technology Advisor, I helped develop and install a successful case management system and have continued to manage the operations and updates to the system.

I value community service and am proud to serve my community as a Board Member for Victim's Assistance, member of the FOP Associate Lodge 68, Friend of Hower House Board, a member of the 2012 Leadership Hudson class responsible for the Heart of Hudson art walk.

My values are:  honesty, integrity, professionalism, dependability, continuous improvement, open communication and respect for others.  Above all, I value excellence in public service.

I have been married for 17 years to my husband James, who was born and raised in Tallmadge, Ohio.  We have two children, Bridget and Patrick.

I am asking for your support in November and I look forward to serving Northern Summit County as your next Judge of the Stow Municipal Court.