State Judicial Offices

Background of the Office:

  • Candidates for this office are nominated in Primary Elections and elected in General Elections of even years.
    • Independent candidates will only appear on the ballot in the General Election.
  • There are five Judges of the 6th District Court of Appeals.
    • This office will have 2 seats on the ballot in 2020.
    • This office will have 2 seats on the ballot in 2022.
    • This office will have 1 seat on the ballot in 2024.
  • Each term is 6 years. (R.C. 2501.02)
  • Each term begins on either January 1st, February 9th or February 10th following the election. (R.C. 2501.02)

What are the requirements to run for Judge of the 6th District Court of Appeals?

  • Candidates for this position must:
    • Live within the 6th District Court of Appeals.
    • Be a registered elector of the 6th District Court of Appeals. For a map of the 6th District, click here.
    • Be at least 18 years of age. (OH Const. Art. V, §1, Art. XV §4)
    • Cannot be 70 years or older on commencing date (OH Const Art. IV, §6(C))
    • Must be admitted to practice as an attorney in this state and have, for a total of at least six years preceding the commencement of the term, been engaged in the practice of law in Ohio or served as a judge of a court of record in any jurisdiction in the U.S., or both (R.C. 2501.02)

How do I run for Judge of the 6th District Court of Appeals?

  1. Complete petition form 2-FJ for party affiliated candidates or form 3-G for independent candidates. (Note: Petition forms should be printed on legal sized, 8 1/2″ x 14″ paper).
  2. Required signatures. (R.C. 3513.05, 3513.257)
    • Collect between 50 and 150 signatures for major party candidates.
    • Collect between 25 and 75 signatures for minor party candidates.
    • Contact Lucas County Board of Elections for updated signatures required independent candidates.
  3. File petitions with the Lucas County Board of Elections no later than 90 days before the date of the Primary election. (R.C. 3513.05, 3513.257)
    • Party Candidates filing for this office must file their petitions no later than 4 p.m. 90 days before the Primary Election.
    • Candidates filing for this office as independents must file their petitions no later than 4 p.m. the day before the Primary Election.
  4. Pay filing fee by check or with the exact change of $80.00. (R.C. 3513.10(A) and (B))

What are the Campaign Finance Requirements?

All judicial candidates running for a seat on the Court of Appeals must file with the Ohio Secretary of State.

What are the Candidate Financial Disclosure Requirements?

All judicial candidates must electronically file with the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct (through the Ohio Ethics Commission’s website) no later than thirty days before the first election that year in which their name appears on the ballot unless they already hold a judicial office and must disclose by May 15th for that office instead. (R.C. 102.02(A)(4)(b))

County Judicial Offices

Background of the Office:

  • Candidates for this office are nominated in Primary Elections and elected in General Elections of even years.
    • Independent candidates will only appear on the ballot in the General Election.
  • Each term begins on May 14 following the General Election. (R.C. 2301.02)
  • Each term is 6 years. (R.C. 2301.01)
  • There is one Judge of the Huron County Court of Common Pleas General Division.
    • This seat will be on the ballot in 2024.

What are the requirements to run for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas General Division?

  • Candidates for this position must:
    • Live within Huron County.
    • Be a registered elector of Huron County.
    • Be at least 18 years of age. (OH Const. Art. V, §1, Art. XV §4) 
    • Cannot be 70 years or older on commencing date (OH Const Art. IV, §6(C))
    • Must be admitted to practice as an attorney in this state and have, for a total of at least six years preceding the commencement of the term, been engaged in the practice of law in Ohio or served as a judge of a court of record in any jurisdiction in the U.S., or both (R.C. 2301.01)
    • Attend a Judicial Candidate Campaign Practices Seminar approved by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Conduct within a year before and no later than 60 days after being certified by the appropriate county board of elections.

How do I run for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas General Division?

  1. Complete petition form 2-GJ for party-affiliated candidates or form 3-H for independent candidates. (Note: Petition forms should be printed on legal sized, 8 1/2″ x 14″ paper).
  2. Required signatures. (R.C. 3513.05, 3513.257)
    • Collect between 50 and 150 signatures for major party candidates.
    • Collect between 25 and 75 signatures for minor party candidates
    • Collect between 190 and 570 signatures for independent candidates
  3. File petitions with the Huron County Board of Elections no later than 90 days before the date of the Primary election. (R.C. 3513.05, 3513.257)
    • Candidates filing for this office as independents must file their petitions no later than the day before the Primary Election.
  4. Pay filing fee by check or with the exact change of $80.00. (R.C. 3513.10(A) and (B))

What are the Campaign Finance Requirements?

All candidates running for office who spend any money, including their own personal funds must file a Designation of Treasurer (Form 30-D) and complete subsequent reports. Candidates for this office should file with the Huron County Board of Elections.

What are the Candidate Financial Disclosure Requirements?

All judicial candidates must electronically file with the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct (through the Ohio Ethics Commission’s website) no later than thirty days before the first election that year in which their name appears on the ballot unless they already hold a judicial office and must disclose by May 15th for that office instead. (R.C. 102.02(A)(4)(b))

Background of the Office:

  • Candidates for this office are nominated in Primary Elections and elected in General Elections of even years.
    • Independent candidates will only appear on the ballot in the General Election.
  • Each term begins on the 9th day of February following the General Election. (R.C. 2101.02)
  • Each term is 6 years. (R.C. 2301.01)
  • There is one Judge of Huron County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile & Probate Division.
    • This seat will be on the ballot in 2020. 

What are the requirements to run for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division?

  • Candidates for this position must:
    • Live within Huron County.
    • Be a registered elector of Huron County.
    • Be at least 18 years of age. (OH Const. Art. V, §1, Art. XV §4)
    • Cannot be 70 years or older on commencing date (OH Const Art. IV, §6(C))
    • Must be admitted to practice as an attorney in this state and have, for a total of at least six years preceding the commencement of the term, been engaged in the practice of law in Ohio or served as a judge of a court of record in any jurisdiction in the U.S., or both (R.C. 2301.01)
    • Attend a Judicial Candidate Campaign Practices Seminar approved by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Conduct within a year before and no later than 60 days after being certified by the appropriate county board of elections.

How do I run for a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division?

  1. Complete petition form 2-GJ for party-affiliated candidates or form 3-H for independent candidates. Note: Petition forms should be printed on legal sized, 8 1/2″ x 14″ paper).
  2. Required signatures. (R.C. 3513.05, 3513.257)
    • Collect between 50 and 150 signatures for major party candidates
    • Collect between 25 and 75 signatures for minor party candidates
    • Collect between 190 and 570 signatures for independent candidates
  3. File petitions with the Huron County Board of Elections no later than 90 days before the date of the Primary election. (R.C. 3513.05, 3513.257)
    • Candidates filing for this office as independents must file their petitions no later than the day before the Primary Election.
  4. Pay filing fee by check or with the exact change of $80.00. (R.C. 3513.10(A) and (B))

What are the Campaign Finance Requirements?

All candidates running for office who spend any money, including their own personal funds must file a Designation of Treasurer (Form 30-D) and complete subsequent reports. Candidates for this office should file with the Huron County Board of Elections.

What are the Candidate Financial Disclosure Requirements?

All judicial candidates must electronically file with the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct (through the Ohio Ethics Commission’s website) no later than thirty days before the first election that year in which their name appears on the ballot unless they already hold a judicial office and must disclose by May 15th for that office instead. (R.C. 102.02(A)(4)(b))

Municipal Judicial Offices

Background of the Office:

  • Candidates for this office are nominated in primaries and elected in odd year general elections.
    • Independent candidates appear only on the general election ballot.
  • This office will be on the ballot in 2023.
  • Each term is 6 years. (R.C. 1901.07)
  • Each term begins on January 1st following the election. (R.C. 1901.07)

What are the requirements to run for Bellevue Municipal Court Judge?

  • Candidates for this position must:
    • Live within Bellevue City.
    • Be a registered elector of Bellevue City.
    • Be at least 18 years of age. (OH Const. Art. V, §1, Art. XV §4)
    • Cannot be 70 years or older on commencing date (OH Const Art. IV, §6(C))
    • Attend a Judicial Candidate Campaign Practices Seminar approved by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Conduct within a year before and no later than 60 days after being certified by the appropriate county board of elections.

How do I run for Bellevue Municipal Court Judge:

  1. Complete petition form 2-H for party-affiliated candidates or form 3-I for independent candidates. (Note:  Petition forms should be printed on legal sized, 8 1/2″ x 14″ paper)
  2. Required signatures. (F.C.C. Art. X §10.01(B))
    • Collect between 50 and 150 signatures.
    • Collect between 25 and 75 signatures for minor party candidates.
    • Collect between 190 and 570 signatures for independent candidates.
  3. File petitions with the Sandusky County Board of Elections no later than 90 days before the date of the General election. (R.C. 3513.251, 3513.261)
    • Candidates filing for this office as independents must file their petitions no later than the day before the Primary Election.
  4. Pay filing fee by check or with the exact change of $80.00. (R.C. 3513.10, 3513.261)

What are the Campaign Finance Requirements?

All candidates running for office who spend any money, including their own personal funds, must file a Designation of Treasurer (Form 30-D) and complete subsequent reports. Candidates for this office should file with the Sandusky County Board of Elections.

What are the Candidate Financial Disclosure Requirements?

All judicial candidates must electronically file with the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct (through the Ohio Ethics Commission’s website) no later than thirty days before the first election that year in which their name appears on the ballot unless they already hold a judicial office and must disclose by May 15th for that office instead. (R.C. 102.02(A)(4)(b))

Background of the Office:

  • Candidates for this office are nominated in primaries and elected in odd year general elections.
    • Independent candidates appear only on the general election ballot.
  • This office will be on the ballot in 2023.
  • Each term is 6 years. (R.C. 1901.07)
  • Each term begins on January 1st following the election. (R.C. 1901.07)

What are the requirements to run for Norwalk Municipal Court Judge?

  • Candidates for this position must:
    • Live within Norwalk City.
    • Be a registered elector of Norwalk City.
    • Be at least 18 years of age. (OH Const. Art. V, §1, Art. XV §4)
    • Cannot be 70 years or older on commencing date (OH Const Art. IV, §6(C))
    • Attend a Judicial Candidate Campaign Practices Seminar approved by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Conduct within a year before and no later than 60 days after being certified by the appropriate county board of elections.

How do I run for Norwalk Municipal Court Judge:

  1. Complete petition form 2-H for party-affiliated candidates or form 3-I for independent candidates. (Note:  Petition forms should be printed on legal sized, 8 1/2″ x 14″ paper)
  2. Required signatures. (F.C.C. Art. X §10.01(B))
    • Collect between 50 and 150 signatures.
    • Collect between 25 and 75 signatures for minor party candidates.
    • Collect between 190 and 570 signatures for independent candidates.
  3. File petitions with the Huron County Board of Elections no later than 90 days before the date of the General election. (R.C. 3513.251, 3513.261)
    • Candidates filing for this office as independents must file their petitions no later than the day before the Primary Election.
  4. Pay filing fee by check or with the exact change of $80.00. (R.C. 3513.10, 3513.261)

What are the Campaign Finance Requirements?

All candidates running for office who spend any money, including their own personal funds, must file a Designation of Treasurer (Form 30-D) and complete subsequent reports. Candidates for this office should file with the Huron County Board of Elections. 

What are the Candidate Financial Disclosure Requirements?

All judicial candidates must electronically file with the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct (through the Ohio Ethics Commission’s website) no later than thirty days before the first election that year in which their name appears on the ballot unless they already hold a judicial office and must disclose by May 15th for that office instead. (R.C. 102.02(A)(4)(b))