Wednesday, November 6, 2002

Hamilton Co. Judge

Former White House lawyer joins court

By Dan Horn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Republican Fred Nelson won the only contested race for Hamilton County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday, topping Cincinnati lawyer Bruce Whitman by a 60-40 margin.

Mr. Nelson will succeed Judge Fred Cartolano, who retires in February.

Mr. Nelson, 44, worked as a White House lawyer for President Reagan and the first President Bush. He also has practiced civil litigation for a local law firm and has been an adviser to U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot.

During the campaign, Mr. Whitman, 50, said his experience as a trial lawyer in Cincinnati for 22 years was far more practical training for a prospective judge.

Mr. Nelson joins a Common Pleas Court already dominated by Republicans, who hold 14 of the court's 16 seats.

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