(2-1-22) Former Mercer County Probate/Juvenile Court Magistrate Donna Post has decided to run in the Republican Primary for Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge. Post will face Mercer County Prosecutor Matt Fox, who recently announced that he would run for the position, in the May primary to advance to the general election in November.

With no Democratic candidates having filed to run as of today, the primary could decide who will take over the judgeship.

Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Ingraham cannot seek re-election for another term due to age limits per the state of Ohio’s Constitution.

No person shall be elected or appointed to any judicial office if on or before the day when he shall assume the office and enter upon the discharge of its duties he shall have attained the age of seventy years. Any voluntarily retired judge, or any judge who is retired under this section, may be assigned with his consent, by the chief justice or acting chief justice of the Supreme Court to active duty as a judge and while so serving shall receive the established compensation for such office, computed upon a per diem basis, in addition to any retirement benefits to which he may be entitled. Laws may be passed providing retirement benefits for judges.