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|Current Court Information:|
|Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Ohio|
|Position:||Term commencing 1/2/2013|
|Succeeded by:||Anjanette C. Arabian Whitman|
|Candidate for:||Eighth District Court of Appeals|
|Election information 2012:|
|Primary date:||March 6, 2012|
In the News: Articles
Sikora: Teens can donate blood as community service option
Juvenile Court Judge Peter M. Sikora brought the idea to the Red Cross more than a year ago after learning of large blood shortages. Sikora says teens who are unable to donate because of medical reasons can volunteer at a blood drive instead, take a CPR class or donate to local food banks. Red Cross spokeswoman Karen Kelley says supplies in the Northern Ohio Blood Region are short in six of the eight blood types — especially O Positive, O Negative and B Negative.
Blood donation is limited to those teens convicted of low-level crimes. No teens convicted of rape, murder, or violent crimes can participate.
- See also: Ohio judicial elections, 2012
Cleveland bar association ratings
According to the compiled results at Judge4Yourself.com, Sikora received a rating of 3.25 out of 4 by local Cleveland bar associations. Those break down as:
- Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association: Good
- Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association: Good
- Norman S. Minor Bar Association: Good
- Ohio Women's Bar Association: Excellent 
Sikora was endorsed by The Plain Dealer. Read the endorsement at The Plain Dealer, "Plain Dealer endorses Eileen T. Gallagher and Peter M. Sikora in Democratic primary for 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals," February 11, 2012
Sikora is running for re-election. He defeated opponent Almeta Ann Johnson in the Democratic primary. He was re-elected after running unopposed in the general election.
- On November 4, Justice Evelyn Stratton received 2,443,112 (63%) votes to defeat challenger Peter Sikora, who received 1,424,786 votes (37%).
Sikora rejected the endorsement of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce for his 2008 Supreme Court bid. The rejection was owing primarily to the Chamber's opposition to paid sick-leave. Sikora has announced an endorsement from his local AFL-CIO instead.
For a complete summary of his 2006 campaign contributions, please go to Follow The Money: Peter Sikora.
Ohio League of Women Voters response in 2006 Election
Each candidate was given a 150 word limit on the question, "What options do you believe the judiciary has when there is a judicial decision that requires the legislature to act if their response does not fully address the decision?" Sikora submitted this answer:
"It is important to understand that the authority of the judiciary to enforce its decisions relies primarily on the confidence the public has in the Court's fairness and impartiality. If the citizenry believes that a Court has rendered its decision based upon the facts and the law, free of any improper or undo influence, it is more likely that the decision will be respected and followed. Similarly, when a decision is issued that requires legislative action, respect for and confidence in the independence and fairness of the judiciary should inspire an appropriate legislative response. When, for whatever reason, that does not occur, the Court does have significant authority to enforce its decisions such as appointment of a special master and exercise of the contempt authority."
- ↑ Ohio Judiciary, 2010 Unofficial General Election Results
- ↑ The Ohio Supreme Court and the Ohio Judicial Branch, Press Release: "Ohio Judiciary Loses Two Judges This Week," April 19, 2012
- ↑ Ohio.com
- ↑ Ohio Secretary of State, Live Election Results, March 6 Primary
- ↑ Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Primary Candidates Scroll to page 15
- ↑ Judge4Yourself.com, 2012 Democratic Primary Ratings
- ↑ Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, May 4 Election Results
- ↑ Supreme Court results
- ↑ Judicial candidate rejects Ohio Chamber
- ↑ Legal Newsline
- ↑ League of Women Voters, Peter M. Sikora Answers Questions