Smith retains judgeship in Sandusky Co.

Incumbent holds off Culbert for Common Pleas Court judge spot
Tom Jackson
May 8, 2014


Sandusky County Common Pleas Court Judge Brad Smith won re-election in the Republican primary Tuesday, turning aside a challenge from the candidate who had formerly held the post.

With all of the unofficial results in, Smith captured 2,823 votes compared to 1,980 votes for challenger and former judge Brad Culbert. There are no Democrats or independents seeking the post, so Tuesday’s results were decisive.

Smith’s office handles juvenile and probate court cases.

Smith, celebrating the victory at a party at the Fremont Country Club, said he was pleased with his victory.

“I’m proud of the fact that we take a real world approach with the kids and families that we deal with” he said.

He said he’s also pleased he demonstrated he could live within his budget.

“The fact that we are able to have good outcomes but also be good fiscal managers, people appreciate that” he said. “I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive”

Culbert said he’s “disappointed by the results, but I really appreciate all the support I got from my supporters.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to a normal life” he said.


Julie R.

Smith did NOT win a common pleas court judge slot --- he won the juvenile court/probate court judge slot.

From what I hear Judge Smith and the Sandusky County probate court ~ along with a Sandusky, Ohio UAW attorney ~ would also do good to take a refresher course on the laws of probate. Withholding/concealing a deceased client's Will and refusing to allow it to be admitted into probate is a criminal offense --- but even that isn't half as bad as what they pull off in corrupt Erie County.


Actually he was elected Sandusky County Common Pleas Court Judge, Probate and Juvenile Division. Technically he is a Common Pleas Court Judge. However, I agree with you, he has a history that indicates at best he isn't very skilled or at worst he plays favorites.

Julie R.

I understand that both the Probate Court and Juvenile Court are divisions of the Common Pleas but that still doesn't take away the fact that all three are separate elected positions. (unless it's a county where the juvenile court judge also serves as the probate court judge)

Julie R.

Wonder if people are aware of what's going on in these Ohio probate courts? After hearing that true story from somebody about a UAW attorney & his father's estate in Sandusky County, obviously attorneys are having a field in ALL the counties ...... but I still say no county around could have a probate court as low-down and corrupt as the one in Erie County.