Ohio judge Julie Lynch announces she is leaving the GOP

After 41 years as a registered Republican, an Ohio judge is quitting the GOP.

Julie Lynch, a long-serving judge on the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, filed paperwork Wednesday announcing her intention to run as a Democrat in her next race.

Not Her Party Anymore

Judge Lynch’s stated reasons echo other establishment Republicans who aren’t happy with President Donald Trump.

“I’ve been a registered Republican since I was 18, and 41 years later, I do not recognize the Republican party as it is today,” Lynch said.

“And I am not the same person I was when I was 18,” she added.

Judge Lynch did not provide further specifics about her decision to switch parties.

Lynch said she “can’t articulate all the things that are disturbing to me, because that would not be appropriate for a judge. I’ll let my action speak louder than my words.”


A county Republican official thinks she might be looking to up her chances of re-election.

“Here’s the obvious truth: There are more Democratic voters in Franklin County than Republican voters,” he said. “Everybody gets why she has now declared herself a Democrat. She thinks it’s going to be an easier life.”

But a local Democrat official said her switch had more to do with Trump.

“Judge Lynch is an example of women voters in Franklin County who are frustrated with and are abandoning the Republican party,” he said. “It was clear to me that she is upset about the direction of the party led by President Trump.”

Lynch was first elected to the court in 2004, and won reelection in 2010 and again in 2016.

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