K. George Kordalis — Age 33 — Lacks The Age, Background, And Experience Needed To Serve As Common Pleas Judge

Someone named “Emily” responding to my post — Susan Solle Has The Experience And Maturity We Need In A Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge — She Has My Vote — saying the K. George Kordalis would make a better judge than Susan Solle.  I responded asking for more information and I said that at age 33, Mr. Kordalis just seems much too young to aspire to be elected judge.

Emily

Mike, I appreciate your perspective but cannot help but wonder if you are a practicing attorney in our community. If you were, I am sure you would know that years in practice do not always equal relevant experience. While it is clear that Ms. Solle has been in practice for a long time, it is also clear that she has zero experience in criminal law and very little experience actually litigating cases. While Mr. Kordalis doesn’t have as many “years under his belt” he has invaluable, hands on experience in the very Court he will be presiding in. I have been a prosecutor and a private attorney and I can say without hesitation that Mr. Kordalis is the right choice. I implore you to reach beyond party lines (it appears from your other articles that you support all things Democrat) and make the right choice for our Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

Emily — thanks for responding.

To make this post, I read everything I could concerning Susan Solle and K. George Kordalis. I wanted to give a fair report, so I just repeated the information in the candidate’s own words as shown in their web-sites — Solle and Kordalis — and Vote411 Voter Guide.

The Vote411 Voter Guide, asks the question: “List your judicial experience (courts and years)” and this is Mr. Kordalis’ reply: “Currently I have not had experience as a judicial officer. Nonetheless, I know that I possess the experience, work-ethic, and temperament that is needed to be Common Pleas Judge.”

In this statement, Mr. Kordalis is making clear that he is not claiming that his judicial experience makes him prepared to serve as judge. He is claiming that his work-ethic, and temperament are what makes him prepared. That, to me, seems quite a stretch. Mr. Kordalis appears to be a nice young man and I wish him well but, at age 33, my conclusion is that Kordalis Lacks The Age, Background And Experience Needed To Serve As Common Pleas Judge.

I agree with you, that, “years in practice do not always equal relevant experience.” Of course not. But you should agree with me that insufficient years of practice produces insufficient experience. And for a judge, I think experience is essential. Growth in any profession comes through experience and, all things being equal, an attorney with eighteen years of successful experience (Solle) is much more likely to be ready for judgeship than an attorney with eight years (Kordalis).

An attorney, at age 33, who aspires to be a judge would need to be a super star. Mr. Kordalis just doesn’t have the credentials to make such a claim and he doesn’t try. His website shows him as just another young attorney starting out. He evidently didn’t even graduate with honors from U.D. Law School — his website says nothing about his academic work. Susan Solle, on the other hand, writes that she “graduated high school from Kettering Fairmont, 1986; BA from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA, Magna Cum Laude, 1994; JD from University of Dayton School of Law, Cum Laude, 1999.”

It’s OK to not graduate with honors. And I imagine you could find a lot of attorneys and judges with great careers who didn’t have stellar academic accomplishments. But, without such a background, I’ve got to think that seeking election to a judgeship at age 33 shows amazing over-confidence and such a decision it is evidence of bad judgement, or cynicism for the process — or both. Maybe he listened to some bad advice.

Yes, I am associated with the Montgomery County Democratic Party. I’m a member of the MCDP Central Committee representing Kettering 4-J. I first met Susan Solle at a South of Dayton Democratic Club Meeting and I was very impressed that she is very genuine. I have complete confidence she will make a very good judge. I have her sign in my front yard.

I am wondering if you are a member of the Montgomery County Republican Party and somehow helped talked Mr. Kordalis into getting his name out. Since you’ve not identified yourself with your last name, I guess you could be a 350 pound man sitting on your bed just writing stuff.

Finally, please clear up a mystery. You claim that Mr. Kordalis “has invaluable, hands on experience in the very Court he will be presiding in.” But, here is the mystery: This claim of invaluable experience — “in the very Court he will be presiding in” — is no-where to be found on Mr. Kordalis’ web-site. It is no-where to be found on Vote411 Voter Guide. In fact, again, in answer to the question, “List your judicial experience (courts and years),” Susan Solle give a detailed answer telling of her experience, but Mr. Kordalis writes: “Currently I have not had experience as a judicial officer. Nonetheless, I know that I possess the experience, work-ethic, and temperament that is needed to be Common Pleas Judge.” Why would Mr. Kordalis fail to mention the experience that you claim?

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