“I feel like there’s some misrepresentation about what’s going on,” said judicial candidate Victor Pontious, Jr. in a recent interview. Pontious is running as a Republican candidate in the Washington Court House Municipal Court judge race in the May primary.
Pontious is the current Washington Court House Municipal Court Judge and said he is dedicated to continuing his service to the community with his more than two decades of judicial experience.
In an April 6 interview, Pontious said he feels like he has been misrepresented to the public by statements made in the community by Susan Wollscheid, a Fayette County attorney and Republican judicial candidate who is also in the race for the Washington Court House Municipal Court judge position.
Pontious referred to Wollscheid’s statement in an interview where she said she is focusing her election on bringing change to the county and addressing the drug epidemic. Pontious said as judge he has worked for a number of years to implement an evidence-based cognitive behavior therapy assessment and program for court defendants suffering with substance abuse issues, an effort that he said has been a resource to help get people into treatment for drug and substance abuse.
“You’re reaching out there, you’re trying to correct their situation. I do it because I think it helps with the whole community. I think we’re protecting the whole community. We’re trying to keep them from getting in trouble again, and I see that’s my docket: Keep them out of this court, try to reduce recidivism,” said Pontious.
Pontious has worked as a judge in Fayette County for 23 years and is in his sixth term as judge currently. He attended Miami University in Ohio and then worked as a Washington Senior High School history teacher before attending Capital University Law School in Columbus. Pontious is an active member of the Grace United Methodist Church and the Ohio Municipal and County Judges Association.
The primary election is May 2.
A full interview with each judicial candidate will be released by the Record-Herald later this week.
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