September 28, 2018

Learn About Franklin County Judicial Candidates

Each election year, voters in Franklin County are responsible for electing our judges. Many feel uninformed about the candidates’ credentials and about the impact judges have on their daily lives.

Without question, the work of our judiciary has a significant impact on individuals, corporations, and our overall community. Their importance to our society is as significant as any elected official.

This year, there are four contested races for the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, General Division as well as three contested races for the Domestic Relations/Juvenile Division. In order to help voters make more informed decisions about the candidates they elect for judge, the Columbus Bar Association offers information on Franklin County judicial candidates in a variety of ways. is a non-partisan website designed to offer candidate biographies, attorney poll results and the results of the CBA Judicial Screening Committee.

The Judicial Screening Committee interviews judicial candidates in order to get a better idea of their character and qualifications. This information is compiled into an easily accessible document geared toward helping the public learn more about the candidates. The CBA strives to have a politically balanced Committee in order to reduce the influence of partisanship.

The bi-partisan committee ranks each candidate “Highly Recommended,” “Acceptable,” or “Not Recommended,” based on interviews and information provided by the candidates about their experience. Click here to view the 2018 Judicial Screening Committee findings.

All results from the Judicial Screening Committee are available online for public consumption, and voters may view this information to help them make an informed decision at the polls. Visit the website today:

Candidate Biographies

Visit the CBA's "Judge the Candidates" website to learn about the judicial candidates on the ballot for Franklin County courts.