The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

December 4, 2013

Marianne Sezon seeks Common Pleas Court judgeship


Star Beacon

— Ashtabula County Magistrate and Court Administrator Marianne Sezon has taken out candidacy petitions from the Ashtabula County Board of Elections to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination to run in 2014 for judge of the Court of Common Pleas – General Division.

The seat she will be seeking is being  vacated by Judge Ronald W. Vettel, who after 36 years, will be retiring Dec. 31, 2014.  The upcoming election in November of 2014 will determine Vettel’s successor, to take the bench on Jan. 1, 2015.  The Primary Election is May 6.

In a press release, Sezon said she is uniquely qualified to become judge based on her legal, administrative, and business experience, both in the private and public sector, and through her work within the Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas.

 Over a span of more than 16 years, Sezon has held positions within the court, including staff attorney, magistrate, and court administrator.  During her tenure, she has assisted the court in making its rulings on more than 4,000 cases in a wide variety of practice areas, including personal injury, real estate, foreclosure, domestic relations, worker’s compensation, professional torts, administrative appeals, product liability and criminal law.  

Sezon’s experience also includes participation in Judge Alfred Mackey’s Drug Court that was recently recognized, and provided special funding for its innovative approach in providing alternative sentences to low-end drug

 In 2010, Sezon was appointed as court administrator along with her continued duties as magistrate.  

In addition to her legal experience within the court, Sezon managed the $2 million budget Common Pleas Court budget. She supervised  the court’s 35 employees in several departments, including bailiffs, court reporters, paralegals, staff attorneys, jury commissioners, mediators, probation officers and court security.

 “While an important part of a judge’s job is obviously to decide cases, ask a current or former judge about one of the most difficult aspects of the job, and they will note the administration of the court,” Sezon said.  

Sezon is a lifelong resident of Ashtabula County, residing with her husband, Richard Dana, in Austinburg Township. Aside from her court activities,  Sezon is a former president of the Ashtabula County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board; current trustee of the Ashtabula County District Library Board; 2012 graduate of LEADERship Ashtabula County, serves on the LEADERship Board of Directors; former treasurer and current member of the University Hospitals Community Christmas Card Committee that provides life-saving equipment to UH Geneva Medical Center; she was appointed to the Kent State Ashtabula Advisory Council effective January 2014; and active member on a number of committees within the Ashtabula County Bar Association, as well as numerous community service organizations.

 In 2012, the Ashtabula County Chamber of Commerce Recognized Marianne as one of the “Top 5 Under 45 Professionals.”  In 2011, Ashtabula County Living Magazine listed Sezon  in its inaugural issue of “Most Interesting Persons of Ashtabula County.”  

In 2006, she received an award from the Ohio State Bar Association for Community Service for an Attorney Under 4 “Top 5 Under 45 Professionals”.  In 2011, Ashtabula County Living Magazine listed Marianne in its inaugural issue of “Most Interesting Persons of Ashtabula County.”  In 2006, she received an award from the Ohio State Bar Association for Community Service for an Attorney Under 40.  

She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law, as well as a M.Ed. and B.A., Cum Laude, from John Carroll University.