Tom Elkin has announced that he is seeking election as Judge for the Morrow County Court of Common Pleas.
He hopes to fill the seat currently held by Judge Howard Hall, who will be ending his term due to age restrictions.
Elkin expressed his thoughts on becoming judge.
“This is the culmination of everything I have done in the last 32 years,” he said Friday. “A judge needs to be a jack of all trades and that is what I am. I have done probate, I have done criminal, and I’ve done general civil litigation. I have had experience with every attorney that has set foot in this court and I think that is what gives me a better understanding of how to hit the floor running as a judge.”
Elkin says that he has learned a lot from the current judges and hopes to continue to improve upon the current system. One thing he would like to do which is different, is issuing entries from the bench.
“Not issuing judgments from the bench can create long time lags,” he shared. He hopes that by issuing entries from the bench it will assist in streamlining the efficiency of the court.
Elkin earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University in 1980. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati Law School in 1983.
Elkin has had a private law practice since 1983 and has served as Morrow County Assistant Prosecutor since 1985.
Elkin is married to Meegan (Levering) and is a Morrow County Bar Association Member & Vice President for 2015. He is a member of the Kiwanis and a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 1983. He volunteers for a variety of events such as the Morrow County Sweet Corn festival, relay for Life, and has worked with the Morrow County Pork Producers at the Morrow County Fair.
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