A judge recently elected to a seat on the Delaware County Common Pleas Court plans seek higher office next year.
Judge David Gormley, who took office in February, announced to Delaware County Republican Party central committee members Tuesday that he plans to run for an open seat on Ohio’s 5th District Court of Appeals.
“I’m growing increasingly optimistic that I might not have a primary,” he said.
The decision to seek higher office is “something I’ve been wrestling with for several months,” he said, later adding, “(Open seats) don’t come along very often.”
Democrats hold a 4-2 edge on the Canton-based court. Two seats, both held by Republicans, expire in 2017.
“I think I bring the right credentials and the right experience to this race,” Gormley said.
Before taking his seat on the common pleas court, the Harvard law school graduate sat on the bench of Delaware Municipal Court for seven years. From 2004 to 2007, he was director of legal resources at the Ohio Supreme Court.
He has also served in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, where he had a three-year stint as the state’s solicitor, leading to him arguing cases at the U.S. Supreme Court.
“He is the total package,” said Jim Schuck, chairman of the county’s Republican Party.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.