YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A new Mahoning County Common Pleas Court judge has been elected.
Anthony D’Apolito won his first publicly-elected position, defeating current sitting judge Shirley Christian, with 61 percent of the vote.
D’Apolito credited his supporters with the big win.
“One thing I learned through this race is, as a candidate, you can lead the charge and you go out there and you work hard, but without all the great people that got behind me — my family, the people I met, my friends who were there every day with me, canvassing making phone calls — everything they did for me, that’s why I won, and I’ll never forget that,” he said.
D’Apolito said he believes it is the first time that a father and son are sitting judges in Mahoning County. He got into the field through his father, and his cousin is also a judge.
“It means more to me than I can even understand right now,” he said.
The race between Christian and D’Apolito for the judge’s chair was an expensive one. They spent around $200,000 on advertising.
Neither Christian nor D’Apolito has campaigned for an elected position before. Christian was appointed to the Common Pleas Court in August 2014. It was the first time that D’Apolito ran for a position. He has worked as magistrate at the Mahoning County Juvenile Court for 14 years.
D’Apolito previously worked as an assistant prosecutor.
D’Apolito says he has heard over 30,000 cases in his 15 years as a juvenile court magistrate, and he cares deeply about the community.