Judicial Candidate Information
This page contains information and resources for judicial candidates, members of judicial campaign committees, and other individuals involved in judicial campaigns or interested in rules applicable to judicial campaign conduct.
Campaign Fundraising Timelines - 2020 Judicial Candidates
Effective June 1, 2019, the Supreme Court has extended the time for judicial candidate fundraising activities. The amendments to Rule 4.4 of the Code of Judicial Conduct apply to judicial candidates seeking office in the year 2020 and thereafter. Based on the amendments to Rule 4.4, the dates applicable to judicial candidates who will appear on the ballot in 2020 are as follows:
Contributions of a judicial candidate’s personal funds to his/her campaign account (“seeding’) pursuant to Rule 4.4(H)(1)—June 14, 2019.
Solicitation or receipt of campaign contributions pursuant to Rule 4.4(E)—September 12, 2019.
Judicial Campaign Conduct and Finance Rules
Includes all provisions effective as of January 1, 2019
The U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, has effectively established an additional exception to the general prohibition against the solicitation of campaign contributions by judicial candidates. See Rule 4.4(A), Code of Judicial Conduct, and AFSCME v. Brunner, et. al., 912 F.Supp. 556 (S.D. Ohio 2012) (Rule 4.4(A) is unconstitutional as applied to judicial candidates who personally solicit campaign contributions from immediate family members).
Contribution Limits for Judicial Candidates
(for candidates running for judicial office in 2017 and thereafter)
Statutory Requirements for Newly Elected or Appointed Judges
Oaths, Bonds and Required Documentation
Ohio Board of Professional Conduct
65 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431
Questions re: Canon 4
(campaign conduct and fundraising):
Richard A. Dove, Esq.
D. Allan Asbury, Esq.
Questions re: Ohio Elections Laws (campaign finance reporting and disclaimers):
Ohio Secretary of State