Pike, Ginter file for re-election

LISBON — An incumbent state legislator and county judge are among those filing candidacy petitions with the Columbiana County Board of Elections prior to today’s deadline.

Seeking re-election are state Rep. Tim Ginter (R-Salem) and Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge C. Ashley Pike.

Others filing candidacy petitions this week were:

— Shawna Roberts of Barnesville, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Marietta). Other news stories say Roberts, 53, is a stay-at-home mother who lives on a farm outside Barnesville in Belmont County.

— Werner Lange, who announced last week he was seeking the Democratic nomination for Johnson’s Congressional seat. Lange is a college professor who lives in Newton Falls, which is outside Johnson’s Congressional district.

Pike, 67, a Republican, is seeking a fourth and final term since he is barred from running again in 2024 because of the mandatory retirement age of 70 for judges. He will be opposed in the primary by Megan Bickerton, an assistant county prosecutor and village solicitor for Lisbon.

In his announcement, Pike noted during his long career he has served as a county public defender, assistant county prosecutor and was in private practice in Lisbon with Jerry Ward. He later served as a municipal court judge and juvenile/probate court judge before being elected to the common pleas court bench in 2000, winning re-election in 2006 and 2012.

While juvenile/probate court judge, he was instrumental in converting the former Lisbon David Anderson High School into the county’s juvenile attention center. He also led efforts to renovate the common pleas courtrooms and restore them to their historical beauty.

During his time on the bench, Pike has served on the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, which he chaired for two terms, and the Board of Professional Conduct.

Pike said he will continue the practice of not accepting campaign donations from attorneys because of the appearance of impropriety and will not accept any funding from political parties “since the court must be free of political influence and pressure.”

“I look forward to earning the support of primary voters so that I may continue to serve during the final six years of my career,” he concluded.

Also filing candidacy petitions was Mahoning County Municipal Court David D’Apolito who is running for the Ohio 7th District Court of Appeals seat left vacant when Judge Mary DeGenaro was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court. D’Apolito has served as judge for the past 18 years.