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.

2020 Judicial Candidate Seminar Schedule--NEW

2019 Judicial Candidate Handbook

2019 Judicial Candidate Seminar Presentation - Board of Professional Conduct

2019 Campaign Finance Presentation for Judicial Candidates - Ohio Secretary of State

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)

Campaign Conduct; Enforcement and Sanction Rules

Judicial Campaign Misconduct-Case Summaries


Advisory Opinions Relative to Judicial Campaign Conduct and Fundraising

Ohio Elections Commission Advisory Opinions

Statutory Requirements for Newly Elected or Appointed Judges
Oaths, Bonds and Required Documentation

Financial Disclosure for Judges, Magistrates, and Judicial Candidates



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Questions re: Canon 4 

(campaign conduct and fundraising):

Richard A. Dove, Esq.

D. Allan Asbury, Esq.
Senior Counsel


Questions re: Ohio Elections Laws (campaign finance reporting and disclaimers):

Your County Board of Elections

Ohio Secretary of State - Campaign Finance

Jason Long

Campaign Finance Division

Ohio Secretary of State

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