Kasich Announces Appointment to Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, General Division April 11, 2017 COLUMBUS – Today Governor John R. Kasich announced the appointment of Erik R. Blaine of Vandalia (Montgomery Co.) to serve as a judge on the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, General Division. Blaine will assume the bench on May 18, 2017. He must run in November 2018 to retain the seat for the full term commencing January 6, 2019. Blaine is replacing Judge Michael L. Tucker who has been elected to the Second District Court of Appeals. Blaine received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Dayton. He is currently an attorney at Wright & Schulte, LLC and has previously served as acting magistrate and special assistant city prosecutor for the City of Vandalia, Municipal Court. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Dayton Bar Association, Shelby County Bar Association, Ohio Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, American Bankruptcy Law Forum, and National District Attorney Association.