COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Solon (SOH'-lun) attorney who made an unsuccessful bid this fall for the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Common Pleas Court has been appointed as a judge for that Cleveland-area court.
GOP Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) appointed 46-year-old Republican Wanda C. Jones to fill the seat being vacated by Democrat Michael P. Donnelly. Donnelly won a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court in November.
Jones' term begins Jan. 7. She will need to win an election in November 2020 to retain the seat for the remainder of Donnelly's unexpired term, which runs through Jan. 2, 2023.
Jones is a graduate of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She has been an attorney for seven years and also serves as a guardian ad litem.
She lost the November election to Democratic Judge Daniel Gaul.