Jefferson attorney Virginia K. Miller has announced her candidacy for Ashtabula County Common Pleas Judge to replace Judge Ronald W. Vettel, who is scheduled to retire on Dec. 31, 2014.
Miller is circulating candidacy petitions from the Ashtabula County Board of Elections to seek the Democratic nomination for the six-year term that begins Jan. 1, 2015.
Miller has been in private practice since 1989, and with the Jefferson law firm of Smith and Miller since 1997. She focuses on litigation, domestic relations and criminal law. Miller was also an assistant county prosecutor from 1991 to early 1997 working for former Ashtabula County Prosecutor Greg Brown.
She has had extensive experience in both misdemeanor and felony trials. The focus of her career has been in the courtroom and presenting evidence on behalf of her clients.
Miller has served the community as the magistrate at the Geneva on the Lake Mayor’s Court since 2003, having been appointed by then Mayor Georgette Allison. She has also served for many years as an Acting Judge in Ashtabula County Court, Eastern and Western Districts.
According to a press release, she believes these positions have enabled her to evaluate testimony and documents presented to make rulings in cases based upon the evidence and arguments.
Miller is bar counsel for the Ashtabula County Bar Association’s Certified Grievance Committee and is a member of the Domestic Relations Committee. She has also participated in the Growth Partnership for Ashtabula county Mentorship Program for many years, helping students get a flavor for the practice of law.
As a candidate for judge, Miller offers 24 years of experience presenting and trying cases, dealing with numerous attorneys form northeast Ohio, working with community leaders and agencies, and most importantly, striving to insure that working men and women have access to the courts and have their case heard and decided fairly and in a timely manner. If elected, Miller would continue the efforts of the Common Pleas judges to improve court services and help reduce the costs of every day litigation.
Miller graduated from Cleveland State University and from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. She has been married to William Thompson since 1993. They have three children: Jennifer, a graduate of St. John and Paul; Amanda, a senior at Jefferson High School, and Jacob, who attends Happy Hearts School.