Joseph Niemeyer, Hancock County Common Pleas Court judge, took out candidate petitions today, said Jody O’Brien, elections board director.
Niemeyer, a Republican, was first elected to the bench in 1990. He is finishing his fourth, six-year term as judge.
A candidate for judge must be admitted to practice law in Ohio and must practice for at least six years preceding the commencement of his or her first term as judge, or must have served as a judge of a court in any jurisdiction in the United States.
Those interested in running for office can pick up petitions at the Hancock County Board of Elections office, 201 E. Lincoln St., rear entrance. Major-party candidates need 50 signatures of registered voters in the county.
Hancock County will elect a county commissioner, an auditor, and judges for both the common pleas and juvenile courts.
Kristen Johnson, also a Republican, has already filed for Hancock County Juvenile Court judge. Johnson has served as a magistrate for the court since 2010.
The filing deadline is 4 p.m. Feb. 5 for party candidates to be placed on the primary ballot.