22nd Circuit Court Judge
There are two seats on the ballot for 22nd Circuit Court Judge, and only two candidates who are running in that race: Incumbents Tim Connors and Carol Kuhnke. These positions are for six-year terms. Both Connors and Kuhnke will automatically advance to the Nov. 6 general election.
Connors was initially appointed to the 22nd Circuit Court in 1997 by then-Gov. John Engler, a Republican, to replace Judge Karl Fink. In 1998 Connors ran unopposed for the remainder of that partial term, then was unopposed in re-elections in 2000 and 2006. In 2012 he defeated Mike Woodyard for another six-year term.
Before his initial appointment to the circuit court in 1997, Connors had been appointed by Engler in 1991 to a seat on the 15th District Court in Ann Arbor.
Connors presides over the Washtenaw County Peacemaking Court, an initiative he spearheaded. [Click here for the Dispute Resolution Center's description of the court's work.] He also presides over cases in the court’s civil and domestic divisions, and handles the neglect and abuse docket for the Juvenile Court.
He previously served as chief judge of the 22nd Circuit Court for 11 years, and was appointed judge pro tem for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.
He is married to Margaret Connors, who worked as a Washtenaw County assistant prosecuting attorney before retiring. They have four grown children.
Chad Engelhardt serves as treasurer for Connors' campaign.
Tim Connors: In The News
'Wedding barn' debate may head to voters in Michigan's Webster Township – MLive, Oct. 30, 2017
False hate crime report portrayed Trump supporters as 'dirtbags,' attorney claims – MLive, Sept. 28, 2017
Innovator: Judge Tim Connors Honored with National Award – Washtenaw Legal News, Aug. 7, 2017
Washtenaw County Judge Tim Connors (video) – Michigan Radio, May 17, 2017
Polluter complains about Washtenaw County's 'cleanup or bust' attitude – MLive, May 5, 2017
Judge grants local intervention in Ann Arbor dioxane pollution case – MLive, Dec. 15, 2016
Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Why Peacemaking Makes Sense in State Court Justice Systems (column by Tim Connors) – The Judges’ Journal of the American Bar Association, Fall 2016
Peacemaking Court: Judge Connors is drawing on Native American models to reunite troubled families – Ann Arbor Observer, January 2016
Judicial Profile: Judge Connors upholds the law and focuses on healing the community through peacemaking court – Michigan Supreme Court Public Information Office
Strong interest in new peacemaking court in Washtenaw County – Michigan Radio, Feb. 4, 2014
A Supreme Court case about a little known law could be a big deal for Michigan's kids – Michigan Radio State of Opportunity, April 17, 2013
No Sanctions, But Stern Words for Worthy – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, Jan. 17, 2013
AAPS graduate Judge Tim Connors visits Forsythe for Career Day – Ann Arbor Public Schools Newsletter, Nov. 13, 2012
Prosecutor says Judge Tim Connors should recuse himself after campaign donations from attorneys in case – AnnArbor.com, Nov. 5, 2012
22nd Circuit Judicial Race Connors, Woodyard: Fourth election for incumbent judge brings first challenge – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, Oct. 29, 2012
Judge Tim Connors raises more than $100K in quest to keep spot on 22nd Circuit Court bench – AnnArbor.com, Oct. 26, 2012
Judge didn't have conflict of interest but violated ethics code in Jenny's Market ruling, opponent alleges – AnnArbor.com, Oct. 25, 2012
Connors vs. Woodyard: Judge looks to keep spot on Washtenaw County's 22nd Circuit Court bench – AnnArbor.com, Oct. 19, 2012
22nd Circuit Court Race: Connors, Woodyard – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, June 28, 2012