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Op-Ed: What Makes a Good Judge?

What makes a good judge?

That very question was posed to Joe Grimme, a candidate for Campbell District Judge.  Joe, who has practiced law for almost 17 years with the Campbell County firm of Fessler, Schneider & Grimme, said the answer is simple.  According to Joe, the answer is temperament and demeanor. “I think that gives judges the ability to be fair and impartial regardless of the issues or persons before them.  It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, it’s a judge’s duty to follow the law and keep politics out of the judicial system.”

“He’s honest, fair and even-tempered,” said Tim Schneider, who is one of Grimme’s law partners. “Most people never interact with a judge in a court of law, but as someone who’s seen the courtroom professionally, I can tell you it’s important to have a judge who is respectful and courteous, and that’s Joe.”

It was in his third year of school at Chase College of Law when Joe Grimme took an interest in the Campbell County District Court. He completed an externship with the Campbell County Attorney’s office and found his true passion of serving his community.

“That experience is what helped me become a prosecutor right out of law school.  Primarily out of respect for Judge Thomas and Judge Popovich, who have been on the bench for virtually my entire career, I didn’t want to run against them, challenging their incumbencies,” he said.  “With Judge Popovich’s retirement, I felt that the time was right to throw my hat in the ring.”

Grimme, a Northern Kentucky University graduate and life-long Campbell County resident, said that his parents instilled the value of service at a young age.

He founded the Fort Thomas Flag Football League and the Ruth Moyer Mustangs Elementary Boosters, where he served as President for six years for each organization.

Fort Thomas School Board member, John Weyer, said that Grimme was instrumental in providing structure and organization when they established the Ruth Moyer boosters.

"Joe recruited parents, set up the bylaws and organizational documents and undertook our first main fundraiser to replace the Moyer gym floor at a price tag of $50,000,” said Weyer. “He was dedicated and did the job for the right reasons. It wasn’t self-gratifying back then. He stayed on as president, probably longer than he wanted because he wanted the job to get done.”

He’s also been the Executive Supervisor for District 22 Knothole Baseball for eight years. Even now, while he’s campaigning, Grimme is hosting events like community carwashes to give back to the community.

Grimme said he believes he’s the most qualified candidate for the job and said his endorsements speak to that.  He’s the only candidate being endorsed by Jim Bunning, a retired US Senator, Bill Donnermeyer, a retired KY Congressman, Lambert Hehl, a retired District Court Judge, Michael Collins, a retired District Court Judge and Gregory Popovich, whose retirement from being a District Court Judge left a vacancy for the very seat Grimme hopes to claim.

“I have focused much of my campaign on getting out and meeting our Campbell County residents.  I would expect that all voters would want to meet each candidate in order to allow them to make an educated decision as to which of us would serve them the best as our next judge.”

Grimme believes he is the best candidate for Campbell County District Judge.  He is completely dedicated to preserving safety in our neighborhoods and he will do everything in his power to lead the fight against our community’s heroin epidemic.  “I hope I can count on your vote on November 8th.”

Submitted by the Grimme for Judge campaign