STOW — Judge Kim Hoover has announced he will seek re-election to his post at the Stow Municipal Court.

"Having just completed my 23rd year on the bench, I still enjoy the work and have things that I want to accomplish," said Hoover. "I hope the public will give me the honor and privilege of another term."

The position carries a six-year term. The election is Nov. 5.

Hoover said he would like to remain in office so he can preside over the retirement of the debt incurred when the courthouse was built in Stow a decade ago. He added he was "proud" of the court’s work in both protecting the public and in helping "offenders get back on their feet."

"The court’s relocation to Stow has been a vital part of what we have been able to accomplish," stated Hoover. "In the past decade, we have successfully navigated through challenging economic times and the worst addiction epidemic in generations — all while operating in the black and paying 48 months ahead on the construction debt."

Hoover was originally appointed by Gov. George Voinovich to the Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court in 1995, and guided the transition to the Stow Municipal Court off Steels Corners Road at Route 8 in 2009. During his tenure, Hoover has defeated six challengers, including three who eventually became judges in the years after — Paul Gallagher, Linda Tucci Teodosio, and Lisa Coates.

The Stow Municipal Court serves 16 communities of northern Summit County including: Boston Heights, Boston Township, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Macedonia, Munroe Falls, Northfield, Northfield Center Township, Peninsula, Reminderville, Sagamore Hills, Silver Lake, Stow, Tallmadge, Twinsburg, and Twinsburg Township.