22nd Circuit Court Judge

Tim Connors

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Tim Connors 

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.

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.

In addition to his judicial work, Connors is a lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School. He previously served on the board of Eversight, a nonprofit based in Ann Arbor.

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.

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Tim Connors:  In The News

Judge candidates take aim at specialty courts, biasMLive, Oct. 6, 2018

Judicial candidate forum (video)Dispute Resolution Center, Oct. 4, 2018

'Wedding barn' debate may head to voters in Michigan's Webster TownshipMLive, Oct. 30, 2017

False hate crime report portrayed Trump supporters as 'dirtbags,' attorney claimsMLive, Sept. 28, 2017

Innovator: Judge Tim Connors Honored with National AwardWashtenaw 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' attitudeMLive, May 5, 2017

Judge grants local intervention in Ann Arbor dioxane pollution caseMLive, 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 familiesAnn 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 CountyMichigan Radio, Feb. 4, 2014

A Supreme Court case about a little known law could be a big deal for Michigan's kidsMichigan Radio State of Opportunity, April 17, 2013

No Sanctions, But Stern Words for WorthyThe Ann Arbor Chronicle, Jan. 17, 2013

AAPS graduate Judge Tim Connors visits Forsythe for Career DayAnn Arbor Public Schools Newsletter, Nov. 13, 2012

Prosecutor says Judge Tim Connors should recuse himself after campaign donations from attorneys in case, Nov. 5, 2012

22nd Circuit Judicial Race Connors, Woodyard: Fourth election for incumbent judge brings first challengeThe Ann Arbor Chronicle, Oct. 29, 2012

Judge Tim Connors raises more than $100K in quest to keep spot on 22nd Circuit Court bench, Oct. 26, 2012

Judge didn't have conflict of interest but violated ethics code in Jenny's Market ruling, opponent, Oct. 25, 2012

Connors vs. Woodyard: Judge looks to keep spot on Washtenaw County's 22nd Circuit Court bench  –, Oct. 19, 2012

22nd Circuit Court Race: Connors, WoodyardThe Ann Arbor Chronicle, June 28, 2012