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Scott Kirschman

For Judge of the Franklin County Municipal Court, Environmental Division
Full Term Beginning 1/8/2022

Candidate Details

  • Residence
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  • Age
  • Occupation
    Senior Assistant County Prosecutor
  • Education
    J.D. from Ohio State University
  • Work Experience
    civil practice (Frost & Jacobs), civil and criminal work for Franklin County and Hamilton County. Over 26 years experience in the courtroom
  • Family
  • Affiliations
    Buckeye Regional Anti-Violence Organization, Franklin County Re-Entry Task Force, Past President of the Ohio University National Alumni Board
  • Endorsements
    Central Ohio Labor Council/AFL-CIO, Columbus Fire Fighters Local 67, Communication Workers of America Local 4502, Franklin County Democratic Party, Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio, Victory Fund, Teachers for Better Schools/Columbus Education Association, Franklin County Adelante Democrats, Franklin County Young Democrats. Supported by the Baptist Ministerial Alliance of Columbus and Vicinity.

Question 1

List your judicial experience (courts and years)

After 26 years of daily courtroom practice with criminal and civil cases, this is my first judicial campaign.

Question 2

What non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?

For over 26 years, I have worked in courtrooms on a daily basis. I have helped families of murder victims through the criminal justice system. I have helped witnesses face the challenge of providing testimony. My practice is about collaboration, working with defense attorneys, witnesses, the courts, to arrive at a fair and just outcome. My courtroom practice has allowed me to meet citizens from all over Franklin County. Getting people comfortable to testify requires care, patience, and actual engagement. If a person does not want to meet at the courthouse, I will meet them in their neighborhood. Knowing and using courtroom procedure allows for awareness and accommodation for each unique legal situation. My campaign has been rooted in engagement-putting the walk in the talk. With “thoughts and prayers” just digital blips, I have completed over 20 community cleanups across Franklin County. You learn about neighborhood issues at a groundwater level, when you are picking up trucker bombs in Obetz, used condoms in Westgate Park, car parts off Livingston Avenue.

Question 3

Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I believe it is important to protect our neighborhoods—we are all stakeholders in a good home life. I believe that safety and protection are as important as protecting that which which makes each neighborhood unique. Whether abandoned buildings or barking dogs, the Environmental Court is a docket that affects the quality of life for all in Franklin County I'm inspired by the words of Jane Jacobs: “Lively sidewalks have positive aspects for city children's play too, and these are at least as important as safety and protection.” I am running because Franklin County needs experienced and truly engaged judges. I am not a political climber — I want to be Franklin County's best Environmental Court Judge. I was recruited to run by a defense attorney, which I take as a compliment. I am honored to have served on BRAVO, the Select Committee on Racism and Racial Equity, and the Franklin County Reentry Task Force. We are in exciting times. Whether you call it a turning tide or a reckoning or just a recognition that we are all in this together. Every neighborhood in Franklin County deserves protection and lively sidewalks.