LIMA — After a 36-year career in the private practice of law, Lima attorney Lawrence A. Huffman said Thursday that certain aspects of his professional career and personal life “currently are lined up” for what he hopes is the next chapter in his legal career.
Huffman held a held a noon press conference Thursday to officially kick off his candidacy for a judicial seat on the Allen County Common Pleas Court. The longtime Lima attorney said he had filed his petition of candidacy with the Allen County Board of Elections earlier in the day for the general division seat on the court. That seat is currently held by Judge David Cheney, who is barred from seeking another elected term due to age restrictions contained in the Ohio Revised Code.
Throughout his more than three decades of private practice, Huffman said, he has gained broad experience in the administration of civil and criminal law. He vowed to be a thoughtful and unbiased jurist if elected.
“Throughout my career, I’ve learned that personal passions aren’t as important as applying the law equally and fairly,” Huffman said, surrounded by family, friends at co-workers at his Market Street office. “Sometimes it’s time for a change, and I think I’m qualified for the job.”
This is the second time Huffman has sought elected office. He was a candidate in 2004 for a seat on the Third District Court of Appeals. That bid “came up a little short,” Huffman joked at Thursday’s press conference.
Huffman is the second Allen County resident in three days to announce plans to seek a seat on the bench. Assistant Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Terri Kohlrieser on Tuesday filed her nominating petition with the county election board for the seat on the court.
Huffman and Kohlrieser are both Republicans, setting up a contested race in the May 8 primary election. No Democrat candidate has as yet filed as a candidate for the position.
“I look forward to the next three months,” said Huffman.