Tom Puffenberger and Charlie Sulek vie for Judge Mark Pietrykowski’s Seat on the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals
Tom Puffenberger and Charlie Sulek will compete Tuesday to fill retiring judge Mark Pietrykowski’s seat on Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals. Puffenberger graduated from University of Toledo College of Law in 2007 before beginning private practice with McHugh & McCarthy Ltd before transitioning into public service.
Early Life and Education
Tom Puffenberger and Charlie Sulek are competing to replace retiring Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals Judge Mark Pietrykowski on its bench as Ohio’s youngest appellate court judge ever. The winner will make history.
Both candidates share similar goals, emphasizing a strict adherence to law as written and avoiding political influence in decisions. Puffenberger also advocates for transparency; for instance, he suggested livestreaming Court of Appeals hearings similar to Ohio Supreme Court hearings to restore trust in courts.
Both candidates completed Ballotpedia’s 2022 Candidate Connection survey and have provided responses. In addition, both are active members of the Toledo Bar Association as well as several professional and community organizations; both received the “Highly Recommended” rating from nearly 70% of polled judicial candidates.
Puffenberger is an active member of both the Toledo Bar Association and Lucas County Bar Association as well as sitting on their boards, including those for Toledo Police Athletic League and Pat Miller Foundation. With 17 years of professional experience under his belt and practicing real estate law at Gressley Kaplin & Parker in Toledo Ohio.
He currently holds the vice presidency of the Toledo Chapter of the American Judges Association and graduated from University of Toledo College of Law in 2007. Following a year with McHugh and McCarthy Ltd, he decided to make public service his focus.
Both candidates emphasized their commitment to upholding the law as written, without allowing politics into decision making processes. Puffenberger advocated for transparency by proposing livestreaming Court of Appeals hearings like Ohio Supreme Court does.
Achievement and Honors
Candidate for Ohio Supreme Court Justice. Member of Toledo Bar Association, Lucas County Bar Association and has served on its Board of Governors; trustee of National College of Probate Judges; Ohio Supreme Court Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline; as well as board member for Pat Miller Foundation and Ottawa Hills Joint Recreation Committee.
Both he and his opponent emphasized the importance of adhering to law as written, without allowing political considerations to influence decision making. Furthermore, both men stressed transparency by suggesting livestreaming Court of Appeals hearings similar to what the Ohio Supreme Court does.
He participated in Ballotpedia’s 2022 Candidate Connection survey, click here to view his responses.
Thomas Puffenberger is married and the proud parent of one son. Additionally, he holds memberships in several community and professional organizations such as Lucas County Bar Association, Ohio Supreme Court Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, and American Judges Association.
Puffenberger campaigned on a promise of following the law as written and not allowing politics to influence decision making, as well as working hard to clear up his docket and make court operations more efficient.
He has extensive experience working in local government, having served on multiple city councils and mayor’s committees as a member and later chair. Additionally, he was appointed city commissioner before serving as chairman. Furthermore, he served as trustee of the Lucas County Foundation.
Thomas Puffenberger is a proud Republican. He currently resides at 60 W Crestview Dr, Tiffin 44883, Ohio and serves as Judge of Probate Court overseeing 35 employees. State ethics rules do not permit judges from hiring relatives; his son Tom works as an attorney on appeals court staff but would have been eligible to fill Stephen Yarbrough’s position had his father been allowed.
He completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey in 2022.