Why Is Sherrie Miday’s Campaign Misrepresenting Her As A Judge?

Judges are supposed be ethical. They should be beyond reproach and fair -and they absolutely have to be honest. They certainly shouldn’t misrepresent themselves. The same is expected of judicial candidates.

But, that can’t be said of Sherrie Miday, who is running for Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge again after spending over $400,000 on her failed 2014 judicial campaign. She wants to be a judge badly, so badly that her campaign will lie about her resume. At a recent parade, someone with Miday’s campaign was calling her a judge – and Sherrie didn’t correct her.

It says quite a lot about Sherrie Miday’s character when she is allowing herself to be misrepresented as a judge when she is not. Honesty is an important part of being a judge. These two videos show that Sherrie has some trouble with the truth.

Pamela Ballard even tagged Sherrie Miday on Facebook as being a judge. Miday didn’t remove the tag or even correct Ballard for falsifying Miday’s resume.

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Wouldn’t someone who was ethical and honest remove the tag and comment that she isn’t a judge? Well, Sherrie didn’t. She should have read and be following the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct. She seems to have some challenges following a certain portion of it:

Rule 4.3 Campaign standards and communications
During the course of any campaign for nomination or election to judicial office, a judicial candidate, by means of campaign materials, including sample ballots, advertisements on radio or television or in a newspaper or periodical, electronic communications, a public speech, press release, or otherwise, shall not knowingly or with reckless disregard do any of the following:(A) Post, publish, broadcast, transmit, circulate, or distribute information concerning the judicial candidate or an opponent, either knowing the information to be false or with a reckless disregard of whether or not it was false or, if true, that would be deceiving or misleading to a reasonable person;

(C) Use the title of a public office or position immediately preceding or following the name of the judicial candidate, when the judicial candidate does not hold that office or position;
(D) Use the term “judge” when the judicial candidate is not a judge unless that term appears after or below the name of the judicial candidate and is accompanied by either or both of the following:(1) The words “elect” or “vote,” in prominent lettering, before the judicial candidate’s name;
(2) The word “for,” in prominent lettering, between the name of the judicial candidate and the term “judge;”

Sherrie Miday is tied into the old Bill Mason machine of the Cuyahoga Democratic Party. She ran her 2014 campaign in a manner that was reminiscent of the old machine that crumbled when so many were hauled off to prison.

After the likes of Bridget McCafferty and Steven Terry, Cuyahoga can’t afford to have another judge with some ethical concerns. Miday’s silence is deafening. People along that parade route likely accepted the lie that she already is a judge. And with it being posted on Facebook, that lie had even farther reach.

Yet, Miday just accepted the lie. Is this what you want in a judge?

Sunny Simon: Another Cuyahoga Democrat With Ethics Concern

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Cuyahoga County is no stranger to politicians who lack proper ethical standards. Of course there is the massive FBI Corruption investigations that resulted in numerous convictions and sweeping reforms to county government. Ed Fitzgerald has some bizarre issues with driving without a driver’s license. He also is violating open records requests by refusing to release his key card records showing his parking records in the county parking garage.

It appears County Councilwoman Sunny Simon is continuing that tradition. As the new government was forming, Simon organized a meeting in the kitchen of a fellow newly elected Councilman’s home.  The meeting was intended to be private, hidden away from the voters.  In 2006, she did something similar while a member of South Euclid Council.

Now Simon’s parking records reflect that she is using her parking privileges when no county business is scheduled. Parking passes are strictly designated while conducting county business. Simon also uses her pass to use elevators reserved for county judges at the Justice Center where she work.

The Republican Party of Cuyahoga County has filed an ethical complaint against the Councilwoman with the Inspector General. Chairman Rob Frost pointed out that Simon has failed to recognize the significance of abuse of power in county government.

“We must hold all of our elected officials to the highest standards possible regarding the privileges they are given when in office. We have already been embarrassed by lapses in judgment from our county officials this year, and it is unthinkable that council members would not recognize that the history of corruption in Cuyahoga County dictates that their actions be above reproach.”

Simon’s opponent, John Currid, is concerned about the alleged ethical lapse.

“Since its reform, the county has made great strides to eliminate the back-room deal making and ‘perks’ of being an elected official. It appears that Ms. Simon didn’t get that message as she once again finds herself tangled in ethics questions. For the sake of the county and its residents, the Inspector General should quickly addresses this complaint and determine its merit.

This isn’t the first time Ms. Simon has been questioned for ethics violations. Residents throughout the state have overwhelming rejected similar behavior from Ed Fitzgerald and should do the same of Ms. Simon.”

Simon is either tone deaf to the history of corruption in Cuyahoga County or she just doesn’t care. She cannot use her office for perks for her personal or professional life.  The voters of the County have spoken on this topic. Simon clearly is not listening.