Longtime Judge Reg Routson announced Monday he will seek one more term on the Hancock County Common Pleas Court bench next year.
Routson, of Findlay, said he will file candidacy petitions with the county Board of Elections by March to run as a Democrat in the May primary for common pleas court judge.
Routson is the only Democrat to hold an elected position in Findlay or Hancock County government. Republicans hold every other elected post.
No other candidates have yet indicated they will run for the six-year position.
With 29 years of judicial experience, Routson, 64, is easily Hancock County’s most senior judge in either the county or city courts, following the retirements in recent years of Judges Allan Davis and Joseph Niemeyer.
Routson has been a judge since 1989, when he was appointed to the Findlay Municipal Court bench by then Gov. Richard Celeste. Routson moved on to common pleas court in 1998 after winning a seat left open by the death of Judge John T. Patterson.
If Routson, who turns 65 in September, is re-elected next November, it would be his last term. Under current Ohio law, a judge cannot seek office unless he or she would be under the age of 70 when the term begins.
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