Hamilton County Municipal Court

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Eight Hamilton County Municipal Court seats are up for re-election this fall, but only three of them are contested races.

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Two Republicans who were appointed to vacant Hamilton County Municipal Court judgeships were elected to fill out the terms Tuesday.

With 100 percent of the vote counted in the 4th Municipal Court district, Judge Curt Kissinger rolled over Democrat Shane Herzner. Kissinger took 72 percent of the unofficial vote, while Herzner had 28  percent.

 

There really weren’t supposed to be any races for municipal court judgeships in Hamilton County this year.

But, as it turns, a promotion of one municipal court judge and the election of another to a higher court, has produced two races for the unexpired terms.

But not everyone in the county will get to vote on them. Both judgeships are in one of the county’s seven municipal court districts.

What happened was this: