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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