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Canton Municipal Court
Full Term Commencing Jan. 2, 2024

*Top Vote-Getter in General Election

Candidate Details

  • Residence
    North Canton
  • Email
  • Website
  • Social Media
  • Age
  • Occupation
    Judge, Canton Municipal Court
  • Education

    Canton Mckinley High School

    Grove City College

    The Ohio State University, College of Law

  • Work Experience

    Canton Municipal Court Judge

    Former Judge Stark County Court of Common Pleas

    Stark County Red Cross, former Executive Director/CEO

    Day Ketterer, Ltd. Law Firm 20 years private practice

  • Family
    Married to Stephanie Snow Werren. Triplet Children: Jack, Hannah, Grace 1st Lt USMC
  • Affiliations

    Ohio Judicial College, Criminal Law and Procedure, Traffic Law and Procedure Committees

    Association of Municipal/County Court Judges of Ohio

    SAM Center, Service to Area Military, Board Member

    William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, Board Member

    The Rotary Club of Canton, President, 2012-2013

    Christ Presbyterian Church


    The Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee on Case Management

    Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association

    American Red Cross; Regional CEO and Executive Director

    Stark County Safety Council Steering Committee

    Stark County Mental Health and Recovery Service Board

    Leadership Stark County

  • Endorsements

    Fraternal Order of Police; McKinley Lodge #2

    Canton Police Patrolmen's Association

    Votes For Women

  • Bar Association Ratings

    Reccomended, Stark County Bar Association


Question 1

List your judicial experience (courts and years)

Over a Decade of Judicial Experience

Stark County Court of Common Pleas Judge, General Division 2013-2014

Presiding Judge 2014

Judge, Canton Municipal Court, 2015 - Present

Presiding and Administrative Judge 2017, 2021

Founder and specialized docket judge for Recovery Court, collaborating with StarkMHAR and CommQuest

Handled over 20,000 cases and 200 trials

Oversee criminal disposition including punishment, community control, and probation


Question 2

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

Twenty years of private practice

Multiple practice areas and experience

Counseled individuals and businesses on litigation, estate planning and administration, domestic relations, family law, corporate, labor relations, real property, workers' compensation, and general matters

Twenty years in a large local law firm learning from advisors and mentoring newer attorneys. 

Developing legal skills and practical advice for all manner of clients.

Studying and analyzing the law and court rules for variety of courts and crafting arguments

litigation experience in multiple courts and on multiple subject matters

Trusted advisor, counselor and advocate

Question 3

Why are you running for this particular court seat?

To continue my service to the community as a trusted judge.

Born and raised in Canton, I continue to believe in my community and value the opportunity to serve in this manner.

I have innovated in areas big and small. From court process and procedure to developing a specialized docket to provide accountability and treatment for those with substance use addiction

I bring over a decade of experience to the bench offering the choice of a seasoned and knowledgeable judge

I have presided over 20,000 cases demonstrating my commitment to service and securing access to justice

With over 200 trials I have a proven track record of effectively and fairly adjudicating legal matters

I remain committed to our community and work to make our neighborhoods safer

I am known for accessibility, making it easier for individuals to navigate the legal process

I bring experience and a record of trust to our judicial system, ensuring the law is upheld impartially

My re-election will provide continuity and stability in our judicial system and I will continue my essential work