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Susana B. Lewis

Susana B. Lewis

Wadsworth Municipal Court
Full Term Commencing Jan. 1, 2024

*Top Vote-Getter in General Election

Candidate Details

  • Residence
    Wadsworth, Ohio
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  • Age
  • Occupation
    Chief Magistrate, Medina County Probate & Juvenile Court
  • Education

    The University of Akron School of Law, Juris Doctor May, 1990

    Kean College of New Jersey, B.A. Political Science May, 1987


  • Work Experience

    Medina County Probate & Juvenile Court, Magistrate, Chief Magistrate, June, 2005 to present 

    Summit County Prosecutor’s Officer July, 1994 – June, 2005
    Assistant Prosecuting Attorney 

    Stark County Department of Human Services August, 1991 – June 1994
    Staff Attorney

  • Family
    Married, 2 children
  • Affiliations

    Professional Organizations:

    Ohio Bar Association 

    Medina County Bar Association, Juvenile Law Chairperson

    Ohio Association of Magistrates, 2005 - present

    Ohio Supreme Court Magistrate Mentor  

    Continuing Legal Education Instructor: Medina Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, Ohio Judicial College, Ohio Prosecutor’s Association

    Community Involvement:

    Leadership Medina Signature Class 2014 – Government Day presenter 2014 to present

    Jr. Leadership Medina – Government Day presenter 2014 to present

    Share Cluster, Enhancing lives by collaborative efforts promoting non-violent drug-free living

    Medina County Coalition for Suicide Prevention member

    Medina County Alcohol & Mental Health (ADAMH) former board member

    Medina County Nicotine Taskforce

    School Outreach:

    Wadsworth City Schools Career Day

    Brunswick High School, Health Class presenter

    Highland High School Prom Promise

    Cloverleaf High School Mock Crash

    Buckeye Middle School girl's program  

    Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, former Troop Leader, Valley View School & Wadsworth Middle School

    Introduction to Criminal Justice (ICJ) program, mock trial for grade school students

    Middle School Mock Trial – judge and middle school program advisor

    High School Mock Trial, Regional Judge

    Truancy Training to county schools and superintendents 


    Northside Christian Church, member 1998 to present

    Roots Yoga & Barre, Wadsworth, Ohio




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Question 1

List your judicial experience (courts and years)

Medina County Probate & Juvenile Court, Magistrate, Chief Magistrate, June, 2005- present

Question 2

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

Prior to my position as magistrate, for 11 years, from 1994 to 2005, I served as an Assistant Summit County Prosecuting Attorney in the area of Interstate Child Support, and in the top ranking Criminal Felony Non-Support (CNS) Unit of the prosecutor’s office. I prosecuted hundreds of felony child support cases per year, from grand jury indictment through trial. I also handled appeals in the 9th District Court of Appeals, and was honored to receive the Summit County High Point Award in 2005, in recognition of my achievements and service. I also served as staff counsel for the Department of Human Services in Stark County from 1991 to 1994, where I litigated cases in Stark County Family Court, and also handled appeals in the 5th District Court of Appeals. Having prosecuted cases for many years has uniquely qualified me for the work of the court.

Question 3

Why are you running for this particular court seat?

I am runnning to be the judge of the Wadsworth Municipal Court because I am deeply committed to the people of my community. 

I am the Chief Magistrate of the Medina County Probate & Juvenile Court.  I have served the citizens of Medina County as magistrate and chief magistrate for 17 years.  I am a proven magistrate and have a balanced and fair judicial temperament.  I have devoted my entire career to public service and am fully prepared to be the judge of the court.  I am committed to maintaining a safe community for all citizens and make sound decisions regarding safety in my courtroom every day.  I am a member of various community organizations that serve our families.  I am part of the court's leadership team, and am highly skilled in the administrative functions of the court.  I seek to become the judge of the Wadsworth Municipal Court, to serve the people of our community with unmatched experience as a judicial officer, having presided over thousands of felony and misdemeanor delinquency cases as well as every type of traffic charge in my court. I have over a decade of prosecutorial experience in addition to my 17 years on the bench.  My experience is unmatched. I intend to serve our community fairly, impartially, with strength and wisdom, where victims rights are fully protected.