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Mansfield attorney Roeliff Harper (right), seen here recently accepting an award for his father, former Police Chief Lawrence 'Bunk' Harper,  told members of the Shelby Area Democratic Club he will run for Richland County Juvenile Court judge in 2020. 

SHELBY –- Mansfield attorney Roeliff Harper, featured speaker at the September meeting of the Shelby Area Democratic Club, recently told gathered members and guests he will run for Richland County Juvenile Court judge in 2020.

The election will be for an unexpired term, ending Jan. 2, 2023.

“There’s no such thing as a throw-away kid,” Harper said. He cited his nearly nine years as a magistrate in the county’s juvenile court. As judge, Harper said he would work to establish more collaboration between the juvenile court and Richland County’s schools.

Harper is a graduate of the University of Toledo Law School and Ohio University. He’s presently in private practice in Mansfield.

During the club’s business meeting, officers and members discussed a number of items.

Vice President Ted Clabaugh reported on the club’s assistance with the USW Local 3057’s highly successful food drive at Cornell’s IGA. Club members distributed approximately 350 bags of popcorn at the Richland County Labor Day Festival.

Candidate slate cards will be mailed throughout northwestern Richland County, including Shelby, Plymouth, and Shiloh. The mailings will target both early and traditional voters. The annual Bakeless Bake Sale will be held on October 17, featuring Eleanor Roosevelt’s Blueberry Pudding and Jackie Kennedy’s Strawberries Romanoff, which she served to Princess Grace of Monaco at a White House luncheon.

The Shelby Area Democratic Club will next meet Oct. 17 in the Sutter Roush Room, 23 E. Main St.

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