The Lima News
One of the few things that holds true in politics is that just when you think nothing can surprise you, along comes one more surprise.
Such is the case with the Juvenile and Probate Court judge position in Allen County.
Last week we learned that Carlene Huston-Kinworthy, a Republican, plans to run for the position. Her husband held the job for 34 years before stepping down in mid-term at the end of 2007. His hand-picked successor, Glenn Derryberry, was selected to fill the spot and won his first election in 2010.
The fact that Derryberry. a Democrat, won easily in heavily Republican Allen County is a testament to the integrity, fairness, experience and dedication he brings to the job. He was a longtime Juvenile Court magistrate prior to his appointment as judge.
Huston-Kinworthy will have to convince voters why she is even running, let alone why she is a better candidate than the person her husband gave a glowing recommendation to just six years ago.
In announcing her candidacy, Huston-Kinworthy said Derryberry has let the residents of Allen County down by allowing the crime rate in the county to double for felonies. However, in a speech to local Democrats a week earlier, Derryberry pointed to a sharp decline in juvenile felonies, saying they dropped from 181 in 2008 to 83 last year. He credited the early intervention programs which he championed as being one of the big reasons.
Huston-Kinworthy has an uphill battle if she is to win.
Derryberry has experience on his side as well as a reputation for innovation. At this point, all Houston-Kinworthy has to offer are some questionable stats. She’ll need much more than that if she is to win in November.