Why Re-Elect Judge Marianne Sezon….

It has been my honor to serve the Citizens of Ashtabula County on Your Court of Common Pleas.  Aside from presiding over the day-to-day operations of the Court, I continue to be actively involved within our Community.    That includes engagement with our Community on the operation of the Court, including presentations and meetings with our youth and those with greater life experiences in a wide-array of fields.   Together, we are creating new programs to look into the underlying issues that come into Your Courts, and seek to resolve systemic problems before they reach Your Court.  I would appreciate your continued support as I utilize my legal, administrative and business experiences, from both the private and public sectors, to fairly and impartially conduct the operations of the Court.

Experienced as Your Judge of the Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas

Over 22 years of “hands on” court perspective experience within the Common Pleas Court, including as Judge since 2015.


Marianne currently presides as Your Judge on the Court of Common Pleas, where she handles our most serious felony criminal cases, civil suits, domestic relations, and various administrative appeals.   Marianne is the current Presiding Judge of the Court, and former Administrative Judge.   During Marianne’s term in office, she along with her Treatment Team, started their own specialized docket court certified by the Supreme Court of Ohio through 2022.


Prior to her election as Your Judge, Marianne was responsible for a Common Pleas budget of $2 million dollars and supervision of 35 employees within the Court.   Marianne also assisted the Court in its rulings in over 4,000 civil and criminal rulings, experience that prepared her for taking over the role of Judge within Your Court.


At an early age, Marianne learned strong work ethic, self discipline and customer service working at her family’s business, Eddie’s Grill, and she has experience on a variety of legal, employment, and budgetary issues.  Marianne, a lifelong resident of Ashtabula County, resides in Austinburg, with her husband Richard Dana.


Juris Doctor, University of Akron School of Law; Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, John Carroll University; Certified as a Court Manager by the National Center for State Courts; 2012 Graduate of LEADERship Ashtabula County.


Former President of the Ashtabula County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board; Past Trustee of the Ashtabula County District Library Board; currently serving on the LEADERship Board of Directors; Former Treasurer and current volunteer member of the University Hospitals Community Christmas Card Committee that provides life saving equipment to UH Geneva Medical Center; current member of the Kent State University Ashtabula Area College Committee; member of the Ashtabula County Bar Association; as well as numerous other community service organizations.


2012 Ashtabula County Chamber of Commerce Award for “Top 5 Under 45 Professionals”; 2011 Ashtabula County Living Magazine, Inaugural Issue, “Most Interesting Persons of Ashtabula County”; 2006 Ohio State Bar Foundation Award for Community Service by an Attorney Under 40.   Since taking the bench, Marianne is a frequent speaker on the operation of the Courts, including presentations to lawyers and other professionals on the topics of Professionalism and Specialized Dockets.