From Humble Beginnings to Howard County Judge

Judge John Kuchno embodies Howard County’s values.

Judge John Kuchno grew up in a diverse working class neighborhood where hard work and treating people with respect were core values that define him to this day.

His path to becoming a judge didn’t come easy.

The grandson of immigrants, his parents dropped out of high school to provide for their families.

John’s father sometimes worked as many as three jobs to pay the bills. John got a job at 14 and once worked seven days a week for eight consecutive months.

He worked as a member of the Teamster’s Union unloading railroad cars on the midnight shift.

John attended public school. He was the first person in his family to graduate from college and finished at the top of his class at the University of Maryland..

Working His Way Through School


Upon his graduation from the University of Maryland, he worked as a reporter covering local and state politics, breaking news and sports. But it was his coverage of court trials that whetted his appetite to pursue the law as a new career.

John worked during the day and went to law school at night so that he could pay the tuition and earn his law degree.

John then began a long and distinguished career in private practice where he had numerous cases with and against the top lawyers in Maryland and across the country.


Uniquely Qualified Jurist

  • Graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law

  • Graduate of University of Maryland (Top of Class)

  • Maryland State Bar Association Member

  • Howard County Bar Association Member

  • Highest Peer Review Rating

“I had the privilege of serving on jury duty and was extremely impressed with Judge Kuchno’s skills and professionalism. Please join me in supporting his election.”

-Allison Sneller


Maryland Attorney General’s Office

John went on to spend nearly a decade serving the citizens of Maryland as an Assistant Attorney General fighting for consumers and taxpayers, protecting pensions for state workers and safeguarding the environment.

Committed to public service, Judge Kuchno served as a member of the Attorney General’s elite Civil Division, working as lead counsel in high profile cases facing the state of Maryland.

Former Attorney General Doug Gansler called him the “go-to” guy for the state’s most complex cases.

He has continuously earned the highest ratings possible for legal ability and ethics —putting him at the top of the legal profession.

“As an attorney who litigates in jurisdictions across Maryland and beyond, I endorse Judge John Kuchno because of this strong reputation as an incredibly smart, thoughtful and fair judge who makes the right decisions. “

-Indira Sharma


Associate Judge, Howard County Circuit Court. Vetted. Tested. Trusted. Community Minded.

John was appointed to the Howard County Circuit Court after a rigorous review and selection process.

He made it on his own merits—never forgetting where he came from and always remembering the words of his parents to respect the law and respect the rights of all.

His guiding principle, both personally and professionally, has been to “do the right thing.” The right thing is not always the easiest, the most popular, or the most lucrative. It is most often founded on common sense, good judgment, sound reasoning, and, where appropriate, moral and ethical responsibility.

Judge Kuchno is a member of the Howard County Bar Association and held leadership positions in the Maryland Bar. He’s been active in the community as a volunteer and sports coach.

An Independent, Impartial Judge

John has earned wide support from the community and from Howard County’s own attorneys who appear in Judge Kuchno’s courtroom representing real people with real problems.

The Howard County Bar Association overwhelmingly endorsed him based on his strong record of integrity, temperament and professional competence.


“Now more than ever we need a judge in our Circuit Court who has demonstrated an understanding of and commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice. that person is incumbent Judge John Kuchno, whom I strongly endorse.”

-Liz Bobo

Former Howard County Executive & Member of the Maryland House of Delegates

Family Man

Judge John Kuchno. A father and grandfather. A sports coach in his community.  Public Servant. A man who looks out for the rights of all people—the way his parents looked out for him.

He’s the People’s Judge and worthy of your vote on November 3rd to keep the best on the bench.


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