Skip to content

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE | John E. Gamble Jr., candidate for Columbiana County Prosecutor

John E. Gamble Jr., candidate for Columbiana County Prosecutor, has answered Mahoning Matters' questions about his campaign and platform.

Mahoning Matters reached out to candidates running for local office with a standard list of questions aimed at helping voters make an informed decision in the 2020 election. Each campaign's response will be published in the Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana County Voter Guide as it is received and all responses are subject to minimal editing for clarity and/or length. Mahoning Matters does not endorse any candidate.

If you have questions please contact us at news@mahoningmatters.com


Candidate Name: John E. Gamble Jr.
Office Sought: Columbiana County Prosecutor
Candidate's Party Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate's City of Residence: Winona

Candidate Biography:

I was born and raised in Columbiana County. I graduated from United High School in 1982. I graduated from Grove City College in 1986. I obtained my J.D. from the University of Akron in 1989. During law school, and even since, I have worked in the Prosecutor's Office. I was previously engaged in the part-time, general practice of law until the year 2000, when I became Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. I have served many years on the Columbiana County Bar Association Grievance Committee. I have also served on the Ohio Supreme Court's committee on character and fitness.

 

Candidate Questionnaire

 

1. What qualities do you possess that qualify you for the job you are seeking?

I've been a prosecutor for over 30 years. I've successfully prosecuted thousands of the most serious types of criminal cases in Columbiana County, including murders, rapes, robberies, burglaries, and drug trafficking cases. As Chief Criminal Assistant Prosecutor, I have trained several staff attorneys and support staff. I have attended several hundred hours of legal training, including death prosecutions, death investigations, and office management.

 

2. If you are elected, is there anything in particular that you hope to accomplish? And briefly, what is it and why is it important?

First, I plan to continue investigating unsolved homicides in Columbiana County. Over the last year, I have worked closely with other law enforcement agencies to bring criminal charges in one cold case and I am currently looking into other such cases. These investigations are important to bring justice to the offenders and closure to the victims' families.

 

3. What do you feel will be the top issue facing this office over the next term? How would you focus your efforts to tackle it?

First, I plan to continue investigating unsolved homicides in Columbiana County. Over the last year, I have worked closely with other law enforcement agencies to bring criminal charges in one cold case and I am currently looking into other such cases. These investigations are important to bring justice to the offenders and closure to the victims' families.

 

4. What are your plans to ensure that all of your constituents would have access to the same resources and opportunities, regardless of race or socioeconomic status? In your view, where does the system fall short?

This a fundamental issue in this campaign. Since I've worked in the Prosecutor's Office, my office has earned the reputation of being above political influence. Regardless of race, sex, creed, or political affiliation, all persons coming before me will receive the same fair treatment. I will continue to ensure the citizens of Columbiana County have effective and independent leadership.

 

5. What are you doing to disrupt the status quo of politics? If you had the power, what one change would you make right now?

 I was raised to speak my mind and fight for what I believe is right. As Prosecutor, I will not allow my decisions to be influenced by partisan politics. If I could, I would make all positions associated with our justice system non-partisan elections.

 

6. Are you satisfied with Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic? If yes, why? If not, what do you think should be done instead? Can more be done at the local level? The federal level?

Ohio's numbers show that our response has been better than many other states. COVID-19 is an issue for federal, state, and local governments, and all three must be involved in any solution.

 

7. The state is expected to make cuts in its upcoming budget in light of the reduction in tax revenue because of the pandemic. How should the state and local government set budget priorities? How deeply should cuts be made? What should your office be doing, or is doing, to prepare?

State and local governments will have to closely monitor their budgets from month to month. Over the last year, I have implemented a paperless file system in my office to streamline the prosecution of criminal cases. This system has decreased costs and increased efficiency in my office.

 

8. What do you think is the most pressing matter that pertains to the next generation of Ohioans who may be voting for the first time?

I think the most pressing matter for young Ohioans, and the nation as a whole, is the inability for people to get along with each other, even on the simplest matters. We must be tolerant of different opinions and work together to fix these issues.

 

9. Are you frustrated by the political sniping, exaggeration and even lies between the parties and their supporters that has diminished respect and reasoned compromise? If so, what will you personally do to make the situation better?

Yes. I have personally experienced those things in my campaign. I can only control what I say and do. I don't engage in that conduct, and I encourage those in my campaign to do the same.

 

10. Who is your hero, and why?

My Mom and Dad are my heroes. My Dad is one of smartest people I know, and is fearless in taking on any task. My mom is the most genuine, generous, and hardworking person I've even known. Without them, I would not be the person I am today.
 




Comments