YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A new Mahoning County Common Pleas Court judge has been elected.
Anthony d’Apolito won his first publicly-elected position, defeating current sitting judge Shirley Christian, with 61 percent of the vote.
The race between Christian and D’Apolito for the judge’s chair was an expensive one. They spent around $200,000 on advertising.
Neither Christian nor D’Apolito has campaigned for an elected position before. Christian was appointed to the Common Pleas Court in August 2014. It was the first time that D’Apolito ran for a position. He has worked as magistrate at the Mahoning County Juvenile Court for 14 years.
D’Apolito previously worked as an assistant prosecutor.
D’Apolito says he has heard over 30,000 cases in his 15 years as a juvenile court magistrate, and he cares deeply about the community.
“I care about protecting the people that live here, and I care about helping the people that want to be helped,” he said before Tuesday’s election.