JEFFERSON — David Schroeder, who is sitting judge of the Ashtabula County Western County Court, is the next Ashtabula County Common Pleas judge.
Schroeder, who ran his campaign toting seven years of experience on the bench, bested opponent Marie Lane by about 3,000 votes, according to the unofficial results from the Ashtabula County Board of Elections.
Schroeder received 20,590 votes, to Lane’s 17,631, according to the unofficial results.
He will fill the seat currently held by Judge Gary Yost, who is retiring.
Former Gov. John Kasich appointed Schroeder to the bench of Western County Court in March 2013. In addition to trying criminal and civil cases, he established innovative and cost-effective programs addressing alcohol abuse, substance abuse and domestic violence.
Lane, who’s served as director of the county’s Public Defender’s Office for the past 22 years, campaigned hard toting her 27 years of court experience.
She has resided in Saybrook Township for 22 years.
During Schroeder’s seven years on the Ashtabula County Western County bench, he said 20,000 cases passed through his court.
A lifelong resident of northwest Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio, Schroeder studied at Cleveland Marshall College of Law as an evening student while working full time at the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, and later at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.
Common Pleas Judges Marianne Sezon and Thomas Harris, both Democrats, ran unopposed this year. Sezon garnered 30,639 votes, and Harris won 30,274 votes.