WARREN - A Warren attorney filed nominating petitions Friday to seek the Democratic nomination for probate court judge in Trumbull County.
In addition, a councilwoman in Hubbard filed in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent Frank Fuda for Trumbull County commissioner.
Attorney James Fredericka is the first to file for probate judge in what could be a three-person race for the nomination in May. Maybe joining Fredericka, a former county assistant prosecutor who now practices privately, are attorney William Flevares, who has announced his intent to run, and attorney Patricia Leopardi Knepp, who has filed the right paperwork that would let her raise and spend money, the first step in considering a run.
A release from Fredericka states that his family is a ''personal testament'' to the court, which he worked through to complete the adoption of his daughter.
No Republicans have filed to replace Republican Probate Court Judge Thomas Swift, who cannot seek re-election because of age limits. In Ohio, a person cannot be elected or appointed judge if he / she is 70 or older at the start of the term.
Aiming to challenge Fuda, who already has filed with Trumbull County Board of Elections to retain his seat on the Board of Commissioners, is 3rd Ward councilwoman Lisha Pompili-Baumiller. Pompili-Baumiller has served 14 years on Hubbard City Council and is chairwoman of the Economic Development Committee.
Fuda, a former councilman in Niles, is seeking his third term as commissioner.
The filing deadline is Wednesday.