Candidate submitted bio:
Cynthia is the oldest of ten children born to James and Victoria Lane. She has been married to Alan Simasko for 33 years. She attended college at the University of Detroit, working her way through as a waitress, short order cook, and in factories. Cynthia graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1980.
In November of 2010 Cynthia was elected Judge of the 31st Circuit Court for St. Clair County and was re-elected to that position in 2016. She is a member of the Michigan Judges’ Association and serves on its Criminal Justice Committee. During her twelve years on the Circuit Court bench Cynthia has distinguished herself as a thorough and fair jurist, instilling both excellence and efficiency in our judicial system.
Before she became a judge Cynthia was a trial lawyer for 30 years, during which time she served on a grievance panel for attorney discipline and also as president of the St. Clair County Bar Association. She continues to serve as a member of the State Bar Standing Committee on Character and Fitness, one of 18 judges and lawyers chosen from across the state of Michigan to do so. Cynthia is a member of the Advisory Committee for the SC4 Criminal Justice program. She is member of the Salvation Army advisory board and is also a member of the board of directors of the Lake Huron Medical Center Foundation. She is a past member of the board of directors of the United Way of St. Clair County, Blue Water Area YMCA, and Lakeshore Legal Aid.
Cynthia has been given the Edgar Guest Masonic Award by the Marysville Masonic Lodge in special recognition for her high level of community service. She also received the Richard J. Colwell Lifetime Membership Award from the St. Clair County Council on Aging, in appreciation for her commitment and years of service to the senior citizens of St. Clair County. She was the first recipient of the United Way Lawyers’ Community Advocate Award. Cynthia is also a member of the Port Huron Noon Optimist Club, the Fort Gratiot Rotary Club, Quota Club of Port Huron, and the Marysville Lions Club.
She belongs to the Four Square Sportsmen’s Association, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Algonac-Clay Township Historical Society, Clyde Historical Society, Save Our South Channel Lights, Blue Water Parrot Head Club, American Association of University Women, and several Chambers of Commerce.