MANSFIELD -- Local attorney Kelly Badnell has officially announced her candidacy for Richland County Probate Court judge.
Badnell, a Republican, is unopposed in the March 17 primary and will face either Democrat Joseph Jerger or Kisten Pscholka-Gartner in the November general election.
Badnell has practiced law for more than 25 years in Richland County and around Ohio in both criminal and civil cases.
Badnell described herself as a conservative committed to interpreting Ohio law as written by the Ohio Legislature.
She earned two bachelor's degrees from Washington & Jefferson College, in business administration and political science. She earned her law degree from Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law in 1994.
While in law school, she received the American Jurisprudence Award for constitutional law and was named the Outstanding Female Law School Graduate for 1994. She was admitted to the Ohio Bar in November 1994.
She is a former assistant prosecutor, who is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She is rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a peer review ratings system, as Notable for proven legal ability and high ethical standards.
Badnell lives in Lexington with her husband, David, and their two children.