Judge Joan Synenberg, a longtime veteran of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas bench who narrowly lost her current seat in the November election to Cleveland city councilman Brian Mooney, has been appointed to fill a soon-to-be vacant seat on the same bench by Gov. Mike DeWine.
The Republican will replace Judge Deborah Turner, who ran for and won a different seat on the bench that allows her to remain on the court until 2029 instead of being aged-out in 2025.
It's the second time Synenberg, who has presided over specialty dockets focusing on mental health and recovery, has been appointed to fill a vacancy after losing re-election to a Democrat.
Riding the effectiveness of a sample ballot, local Democrats swept all nine Cuyahoga County judicial races in November.
Synenberg's term will run through January 2025.
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