This week, Robert W. Parrott officially took the bench as judge of the Marysville Municipal Court. Pictured above at the recent swearing in ceremony are, from left, Common Pleas Court Judge Don Fraser, Juvenile/Probate Court Judge Rick Rodger, Parrott, Parrott’s mother Sonalee Tron, and retired Marysville Municipal Court Judge Michael Grigsby. (Photo submitted)
A pair of candidates for Marysville Municipal Court have dropped out of the race.
At a recent meeting, the Union County Board of Elections announced that Union County Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Bigler and Juvenile Court Chief Magistrate Sharon Robinson-Walls each voluntarily pulled out of the race, leaving Robert W. Parrott as the only candidate.
Ken Gordon, who was running for Jerome Township Trustee, has also asked that his name be removed from the ballot.
“Their names (Gordon, Bigler and Robinson-Walls) will not appear on the ballot,” Tina LaRoche, director of the Union County Board of Elections, said this morning. “We got their letters in time to remove them. We just finalized the ballot yesterday.”
In her withdrawal letter, dated Sept. 1, Robinson-Walls said she appreciates the prior support of the community and citizens.
“I will continue to do my best for the citizens of Union County in my current capacity,” she wrote.
Bigler’s letter was dated Sept. 14.
With Gordon’s withdrawal, Barry Adler, Joe Craft and Wezlynn Davis will vie for two trustee seats in Jerome Township.
“I have given this decision significant and thoughtful consideration and believe it is in the best interest of the township, and in my best interest, that my name be removed from the ballot,” Gordon wrote in an Aug. 30 letter.
To cast a ballot in the Nov. 2 election, residents must be registered to vote by the end of the day Oct. 4. That day, the board of elections will be open until 9 p.m.
Early voting, in-person and by mail, will begin Oct. 5.
Those with questions about the election or the elections process may contact the board of elections office by phone at (937) 642-2836 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier this month, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine appointed Parrott to fill the seat formerly held by Judge Michael Grigsby, who resigned in July. Parrott officially took the bench Monday.
When Grigsby resigned, the Union County Republican Central Committee submitted Parrott’s name, along with Bigler and Robinson-Walls as possible replacements. While the central committee is required to submit a list with multiple candidates for the governor to consider, members voted unanimously to recommend Parrott for the position.
Parrott graduated from Marysville High School in 1978 and from Ohio Northern University with a bachelor’s degree in 1982 and his law degree in 1985.
When he returned from law school, Parrott joined the family practice with his father.
Additionally, for 24 years Parrott served as acting judge, filling in for Grigsby when needed.