Steve Eckstein, a licensed attorney in Ohio for 30 years, said he is running for Washington C.H. Municipal Court Judge in order to offer the community a change.
“I have lived in this community for over 30 years, met and married my wife here and raised my family,” said Eckstein. “My professional experiences both inside and outside of this community allow me to have a fresh and insightful look on the issues we face. Thank you all for your support. I hope we can move forward with change.”
Eckstein, who is running against incumbent Victor Pontious in the general election Nov. 7, served 12 years as the Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney, three years as an Assistant Attorney General representing Ohio in federal courts and five years as the assistant court administrator in the largest court in the state of Ohio – the Franklin County Municipal Court. He was in charge of the day-to-day operations of this court.
As county prosecutor, Eckstein said he was responsible for starting the Child Support Enforcement Agency locally, the Victim Witness Division, modernizing the prosecutor’s office (which only had two part-time employees when he became prosecutor), and greatly increasing the number of felony cases that were prosecuted.
“I am the candidate of change,” Eckstein told the Record-Herald Tuesday. “So there are two options for the voters – stay where you’re at or change. I think we need more accountability for the drug offenses. I certainly have a demonstrated record of bringing substantial change to the community, and attacking problems in our community and resolving them.”
On his Facebook page, Eckstein addressed questions from the community and how he would address particular areas of the law as judge.
– Landlord & tenant problems: “I promise that all of the laws of Ohio concerning landlords and tenants will be enforced vigorously. Neither landlord nor tenant will receive preference. However, I will enforce all of the laws. Both parties will receive fair and courteous treatment,” Eckstein wrote.
– Unpaid restitution or judgments: “If anyone has an adjudicated obligation that remains unpaid I will give all of the court’s resources to its enforcement. A judgment of the court should give everyone a measure of assurance that it will be paid,” he wrote.
– Changes of ordinances: “The city council makes and amends all ordinances, resolutions and motions. Therefore, to make changes you should ask your council members to initiate the process,” he wrote.
– Domestic violence: “One of the most pernicious offenses in our society. It robs victims of the feeling of safety and security they should feel in their homes and toward those they love. Children especially are hard hit by these types of crimes. I promise all offenders will receive harsh sentences for these violations. Further, victims will receive the court’s compassion and services to help in their recovery. Also, we need to restart our local domestic violence shelter program ‘My Sister’s House.’ Our community needs its vital services,” Eckstein wrote.
– Drug dealers and users: “I promise that all offenders will be held accountable and will receive the stiffest sentences available under law. It is necessary for the users and dealers to understand their involvement in drugs is a losing proposition and the only way out is for them to change their behavior. Then we must have rehabilitation and drug treatment services available to help them. Also, drug offenders should not receive community service,” he wrote.
Eckstein currently runs his own law practice in Washington C.H. A graduate of Ohio Northern University-Claude W. Pettit College of Law, he is a member of the Ohio Bar and the Supreme Court of the United States Bar.
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