Tiffin, Ohio — A Seneca County Common Pleas Court magistrate has filed his petition to run in the Republican Primary for the role of Common Pleas Court judge.
Magistrate Damon Alt has been a lifelong resident of Seneca County and was raised outside of New Riegel, where he still resides with his wife. He is looking to fill the judicial seat currently held by Judge Michael P. Kelbley, who is set to retire at the end of 2022.
Alt was previously elected to three terms as Seneca County treasurer, leaving that position to serve as a magistrate for Judge Kelbley.
As magistrate, Alt presides over a variety of cases including domestic relations, arraignments, establishing bonds in criminal cases, writing decisions, providing legal research for cases, performing administrative functions, and participating in the PIVOT Drug Court program.
Alt was an acting judge in Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court from July 2019 until November 2021. Alt has also worked as an assistant prosecutor for the City of Tiffin, handling criminal prosecutions.
Additionally, Alt owned and operated his own private law practice for 14 years, handling divorces, adoptions, guardianships, contract law, debt collections, civil lawsuits, estate planning, criminal defense, and juvenile court cases.
In the community, Alt has been involved with the Seneca County Republican Party, Tiffin Seneca United Way, ProMedica Fostoria Hospital, Rotary Club of Tiffin, and All Saints Parish.
Also running in the Republican primary for the role of Common Pleas Court judge is Kenneth Clason, who currently serves as a magistrate for Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff.
The Ohio primary election for the 2022 cycle will take place in May. Common Pleas Court judges are elected to a six year term.