Get to Know Lindsay Navarre


Get to Know 2016 Endorsed Candidate Lindsay Navarre

Name: Lindsay D. Navarre
Office you’re seeking: Judge, Lucas County Court of Common Pleas
Age: 35

Why are you running?  One of my favorite quotes is “Create the things you wish existed.”  Similar to a placard I have hanging in my office that reads “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  That is why I’m running for judge.  I’ve seen firsthand in my practice as a trial lawyer how important it is to have judges who truly believe in justice and the rule of law; who work hard and who leave their egos at the door.  We need judges who believe in upholding the constitutional rights of all of our citizens, not just those who can afford high-priced lawyers.  It is so important that trial court judges have trial experience and understand the complexity that comes with practicing law.  I am the only candidate in this race with a resume to support that.

I’ve also seen the woeful lack of women who advance into leadership positions within the legal profession. I would like to see more smart, qualified women in leadership, so through this election, I am seeking to create the change I wish existed.  I know that I can bring a unique and relevant skill-set and track-record to the bench.  I am ready for this job.

What are the most important issues on your campaign?   As a judicial candidate, I’m prevented from taking a stance on most issues. My campaign is therefore somewhat unique in that it is focused solely on my background, reputation and experience.  Thankfully, I am strong in each of those categories.  I have very strong family roots in Lucas County, going back 200 years to my great-great-great grandfather who was one of Toledo’s first residents.  My family also has a long history of public service.  I have tremendous support in the legal community from both prosecutors and defense attorneys, which I think speaks to my reputation for fairness and hard work.  I am dedicated to protecting working families and upholding the constitutional rights of all of our citizens.  I am endorsed by 18 local labor unions and safety forces.  Also, in a recent survey of the Toledo Bar Association, local lawyers recommended me by over 90% to be the next Lucas County Common Pleas Court Judge.  Over 40% of those same respondents voted NOT to recommend my opponent.

Give us a fun fact about yourself. I have two adorable English bulldogs named Frog and Fiona.

Who is your favorite president? Why? I have tremendous respect for our current Commander-In-Chief, President Barack Obama. Here are a few reasons:

  • He is brilliant, but humble.
  • He is measured and thoughtful.
  • He understands the Constitution and its application.
  • He is a self-declared feminist (see the recent essay in Glamour) and signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. He has also been an unapologetic advocate for women’s healthcare and reproductive rights.
  • Marriage equality became a reality during his presidency.
  • He believes in freedom of religion, but also freedom from religion.
  • His administration is the most diverse in history.
  • He navigated our country out of the worst economic crisis since The Great Depression.
  • He is a strong advocate of the labor movement and understands that strong unions strengthen the middle class.
  • He has a great sense of humor.

What’s your favorite food on the campaign trail? Why? Anything I can eat quickly that won’t get stuck in my teeth. Peanut butter energy balls are a definite favorite.  You can find the recipe here:

If you could be a superhero, who would you be? Why? If Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games qualifies, she would undoubtedly be my pick. She is fiercely loyal and protective of her family, self-sufficient, but always willing to help others and has a strong sense of empathy.  In the spirit of a good politician, she is good at working a crowd when necessary.  She also survived against some pretty significant odds and multiple near death scenarios while leading an entire revolution.  She’s a great example of perseverance, independence and strength.

If you were a professional athlete what song would you choose to be your “walk out” song? Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire”. I listen to it before and after all of my trials.

What was your first paid job? I babysat often when I was in my teens. My first official job was at a local flower shop.  I was terrible at arranging flowers, so I basically did everything else.  I loved decorating wedding venues and handing out bouquets and boutonnieres to the bridal parties.

How can young dems help in your race? I’m so flattered that the Ohio Young Dems are interested in helping with my campaign. I could use help canvassing and phone banking.  The more direct voter contact I can get, the better. Educating voters that I am the democrat with experience is the key to my race.

Want to help Lindsay's Campaign? Join us and canvass in support of Lindsay on Saturday, October 8! We'll be launching canvasses at 11am and at 1pm. At the 1pm canvass - the chair of the DNC Youth Council, Jason Rae, will be joining us. RSVP and get the canvass details here.