County Court

Background about the Office:

  • Candidates for this office are elected in even year General Elections.
  • There are three Judges of the County Court, each elected to Area I, II, or III. 
    • Area I and Area II will be on the ballot in 2018.
    • Area III will be on the ballot in 2022.
  • Each term is 6 years. (R.C. 1907.13)
  • Each term begins on January 1st following the election. (R.C. 1907.13)

Current Elected Officials:

  • Robert H. Lyons, Area I (on the ballot in 2018)
  • Kevin C. McDonough, Area II (on the ballot in 2018)
  • Dan Haughey, Area III (on the ballot in 2022)

What are the requirements to run for Judge of the County Court?

Candidates for this position must:
  • Live within the County Court District in which they are running, but not necessarily the Area Court for which they are running.
  • Be a registered elector in the Butler County Court District, regardless of whether it is the same Area Court in which they are running.
  • Be at least 18 years of age. (OH Const. Art. V, §1, Art. XV §4)
  • Cannot be 70 years or older on commencing date (OH Const Art. IV, §6(C))
  • Must be admitted to practice as an attorney in this state and have been, for a total of at least six years, engaged in the practice of law in Ohio (R.C. 1907.13)
  • Attend a Judicial Candidate Campaign Practices Seminar approved by the Ohio Supreme Court's Board of Professional Conduct within a year before and no later than 60 days after being certified by the appropriate county board of elections.

How do I run for the Judge of the County Court?

  1. Complete petition form 3-J. Note: Petition forms should be printed on legal sized, 8 1/2" x 14" paper).
  2. Required signatures. (R.C. 1907.13)
    • Collect between 50 and 150 signatures.
  3. File petitions with the Butler County Board of Elections no later than 90 days before the date of the General election. (R.C. 1907.13)
  4. Pay filing fee by check or with exact change of $80.00. (R.C. 3513.10(A) and (B))

What are the Campaign Finance Requirements?

All candidates running for office who spend any money, including their own personal funds must file a Designation of Treasurer (Form 30-D) and complete subsequent reports. Candidates for this office should file with the Butler County Board of Elections.

What are the Candidate Financial Disclosure Requirements?

All judicial candidates must electronically file with the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct (through the Ohio Ethics Commission's website) no later than thirty days before the first election that year in which their name appears on the ballot, unless they already hold a judicial office and must disclose by May15th for the office instead. (R.C. 102.02(A)4)(b))

Call Candidate and Ballot Services at 513-887-3700, ext. 3 with any questions or for more information.