Legal-Ease: Why judges’ campaigns are so careful

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

Candidates face rules when campaigning, and in Lee’s opinion, the most difficult office to campaign for in Ohio is judge. Every person who runs for judge must attend a course that goes over all the rules that govern that person’s advertising to be judge. The requirements are strict, and can sometimes the rules can be paralyzing.

Welcome to election season in Ohio. In addition to the upcoming presidential election, many state and county elected positions will be voted upon in the coming year.

Regardless of whether a candidate loves or loathes shaking hands and kissing babies, candidates always face rules. Campaign rules are always changing, and certain offices even require certain education or experience. For example, each candidate for county engineer must be both an engineer and a surveyor.

Read more about the rules surrounding judges’ campaigns in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Why judges’ campaigns are so careful

Source:, “Legal-Ease: Why judges’ campaigns are so careful,” by Lee R. Schroeder, December 19, 2015

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