A former Dayton
city commissioner is reportedly Ohio's first openly
gay judge after being appointed by Gov. Ted Strickland.
According to TheWashington Blade, Mary Wiseman is replacing
common pleas court judge John Kessler, who will retire
October 31. Gay rights group Equality Ohio announced
Wiseman to take the position more than a week ago. He
said he was happy to break a barrier but noted that he chose
Wiseman based on her qualifications. "Mary was
an exceptional candidate for appointment to the court
in June, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to
appoint her to the current vacancy," Strickland said
in a statement on October 22. "Mary is an
experienced attorney and public servant who will bring
great value to the court."
Wiseman, 45, will
take the bench November 5, according to a statement
from Strickland's office. The registered Democrat served on
the Dayton city council from 1998 to 2002. She also
served as a partner at Faruki Ireland and Cox PLL
in Dayton from 1991 to 2005. She currently serves on
the boards of Legal Aid of Western Ohio/Advocates for Basic
Legal Equality and the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers
Project, which recruits local lawyers to represent
low-income people in civil cases. Wiseman also serves
on the Montgomery County Public Defender Commission,
which provides free representation in criminal cases to
those in financial need. (The Advocate)
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