PORTSMOUTH — Appellate Judge Matt McFarland today formally announced his candidacy for re-election to Ohio’s 4th District Court of Appeals. McFarland says his experience makes him the right choice to continue as an appellate judge.
“I’m grateful to the citizens for their support in 2004 and again in 2010. Since joining this court, I’ve written nearly one thousand opinions on important legal matters that affect people all across Southern Ohio,” McFarland said. “That gives me experience across a wide range of cases and Ohio law.”
McFarland says he continues to be motivated by the work he’s doing on behalf of the residents of Southern Ohio.
“The Court of Appeals serves an important function,” McFarland said. “Because the Ohio Supreme Court doesn’t have to take every case, the Court of Appeals may be the only appeal an Ohioan may ever get. I think my nearly 16 years of judicial experience as a magistrate and appellate court judge will be important to the citizens in this election.”
Judge McFarland earned his bachelor’s and law degree at Capital University and is a life-long Ohio resident. Prior to serving as an appellate judge, McFarland served as a common pleas court magistrate, a prosecutor, a public defender, an attorney in private practice, and a special Assistant Attorney General. He teaches law at Shawnee State University.
McFarland lives in Wheelersburg with his wife of 24 years and two children. McFarland’s son Mitchell recently committed to the University of Akron as member of their Division I golf team.
Judge McFarland has occupied his seat since being first elected in 2004.
The 4th District Court of Appeals serves Adams, Athens, Gallia, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington counties and Judge McFarland’s office is in Portsmouth.