Goldberg wins primary in campaign for judgeship

Francine Goldberg

Francine Goldberg, former University Heights councilwoman and vice mayor, won the May 6 Democratic primary for Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Judge. Goldberg won 72 percent of the vote, defeating John McIntyre, a lawyer and Lakewood resident, 59,536 to 22,867.

She will next face incumbent Republican Judge Janet Rath Colaluca in the November general election.

“I am absolutely delighted and overwhelmed by this show of support," Goldberg said via e-mail. "I am gratified that the voters entrusted me with the responsibility of representing the Democratic Party for this important judicial position.”

Goldberg was a University Heights councilwoman for 12 years, serving as vice mayor for four of those years, until term limits brought an end to her service to the city in December 2013.

Goldberg earned her undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University and her J.D. at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She served as a Cuyahoga County prosecutor for 22 years before resigning in February to run for election as a judge.

“We worked hard to win the primary election and we will work even harder to win the general election in November,” said Goldberg.

“Our campaign message has always been that being a Domestic Relations Judge will be more than a job for me—it will be a mission,” Goldberg explained. “I believe that I can make a significant contribution to the families of our County.”

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Dondreya Allen

Dondreya Allen is a senior at Cleveland Heights High School and a Heights Observer intern.

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