Randy is the Republican candidate for the position of Jackson County Probate-Juvenile Judge in November 2020. He grew up in a conservative Republican family, attended Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, and graduated from Wellston High School in 1994. He attended Ohio University, graduating in 1999 with degrees in political science and economics, and then attended law school at the University of Toledo College of Law, earning his Juris Doctor in 2002. He has been a member of the Wellston Fire Department for 25 years, and he resides in Wellston with his wife and five children, one of whom is presently serving in the United States Air Force.
Since his childhood days of campaigning door-to-door for local and regional Republican candidates with his grandparents, John and Carol Dupree, Randy has dreamed that someday he would be running for Judge. Following in his grandfather's footsteps, Randy has previously served as a member of the Jackson County Republican Central Committee and Wellston City Council, and espouses the true principles of the Republican party.
Randy has been practicing law for 18 years, having operated his own private practice and served as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in three different counties, including Jackson County. He is currently the elected Law Director for the City of Wellston and an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Gallia County, where his primary focus is Probate-Juvenile Court - the same division for which he is seeking election in Jackson County. There, he is responsible for prosecuting juvenile offenders and representing the County in abuse/neglect/dependency and adult protective services proceedings. He participates in after-hours truancy programming, provides instruction to school officials pertaining to truancy law, and answers evening phone calls from law enforcement on a regular basis. He also prepares felony cases for grand jury, advises all county and township officials and agencies, and initiates real estate tax foreclosures.
Randy fights the battle against the opioid epidemic in Probate-Juvenile Court every day. He believes that the solution is multi-faceted, including programs like a drug court and mental health court, which are designed to treat the underlying causes of substance abuse. These specialized dockets, in combination with in-home services and other available community resources, would greatly aid the court’s ability to rehabilitate juvenile offenders. Randy would also like to personally be a presence in the schools, meeting regularly with truant students and their parents prior to the court's involvement. However, Randy firmly believes that the Court must stand ready and willing to impose actual punishment when necessary. Appropriate sanctions are as important to the system as are incentives for appropriate behavior. If juvenile offenders do not believe that actual punishment is a possibility, there is little incentive for them to modify their behavior.
As a Probate-Juvenile Court prosecutor, Randy understands the many challenges facing the court in relation to abuse/neglect/dependency cases. He believes that partnering with programs such as CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) and exploring the possibility of a Family Dependency Treatment Court will enable the court to more efficiently and effectively address the needs of abused, neglected, and dependent children – often the most affected victims of the opioid epidemic.
Randy understands that time management is essential in all aspects of the court's functions, and, if elected, he will take all possible steps to ensure that both the probate and juvenile divisions of the court run efficiently and timely.