ASHTABULA — Marie Lane, director of the Ashtabula County Public Defender’s Office, has declared her candidacy for judge of the County Common Pleas Court in the November 2020 election.

Lane has 27 years of trial experience; 21 of those years in the court in which she seeks election. The seat is currently held by Judge Gary L. Yost, who is will be retiring at the end of the term.

Lane is a founding member of the Ashtabula County Felony Drug Court Program.

“This trailblazing program was one of Ohio’s first Specialized Docket Courts to be certified by the Ohio Supreme Court,” Lane said in a press release declaring her candidacy. “Ashtabula County now has four such programs.”

Lane has lectured extensively on the topic of specialized dockets across Ohio and the country. She has taught judges, prosecutors and probation officers concerning the creation, funding, implementation and operation of specialized docket courts.

This year, she used her vacation time to travel to Idaho, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, Illinois, Washington State and Michigan to perform such trainings, she said. In November, Lane will be featured in three presentations at the Ohio Supreme Court’s Annual Specialized Docket Conference, including the “Legal Issues & Trends for Ohio’s Judges, Prosecutors and Defense Counsel” presentation. Last year, she was a keynote speaker for Ashtabula County’s Annual Prevention Awareness Recovery Treatment Conference.

Lane has decades of service to the Ashtabula County community.

She is a PER of Ashtabula Elks Lodge No. 208 and a Ladies Auxiliary Member of American Legion Post 103; organizations that focus on providing services to the county’s veterans.

She served 10 years on the Ashtabula County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, including as president.

The ACMHRS is committed to bringing county residents high quality, evidence-based, mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention services, she said.

Lane is a member of the Ashtabula Area College Committee, the advisory board to Kent State Ashtabula. She previously served as an adjunct professor at Kent State Ashtabula in the area of criminal justice.

Lane is also the vice president of the board for the Ashtabula County MetroParks and a member of the Lift Bridge Community Association.

She’s lived in Saybrook Township for more than 20 years.  

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