Pscholka-Gartner

Kirsten Pscholka-Gartner has announced she is a candidate for Richland County Probate Court in the March 17 Democratic Party primary.

MANSFIELD -- Domestic Relations Court Magistrate Kirsten Pscholka-Gartner has announced she is a candidate in the March 17 Democratic primary for Richland County Probate Court Judge.

Current Probate Court Judge Philip Alan B. Mayer is retiring at the end of this term because Ohio law prevents a common pleas judge from beginning a new term after age 70.

She is opposed on the primary ballot by Joe Jerger.

A lifelong resident of Richland County, Pscholka-Gartner is a graduate of Lexington High School and Capital University.

She is admitted to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the State of Ohio.

Pscholka-Gartner started her legal career in 2004, as an assistant prosecuting Attorney in the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office.

She primarily served as the appellate attorney, representing the State of Ohio in the Fifth District Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Ohio.

In 2006, Pscholka-Gartner argued and won a case before the Supreme Court of Ohio. She also represented the State of Ohio in death penalty post-conviction relief and clemency proceedings.

In addition to her duties as the appellate attorney, Pscholka-Gartner handled cases in the Richland County Juvenile Court, and assisted the civil division with pending litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Pscholka-Gartner volunteered as a legal advisor for the Lexington High School Mock Trial program from the 2005 to 2018. In 2007, she was elected to serve as a member of Lexington Village Council for the remainder of a two-year unexpired term, which ended Dec. 31, 2009.

On Jan. 25, 2011, Pscholka-Gartner was appointed by Judge Heather Cockley to serve as a magistrate in the Richland County Domestic Relations Court. She currently serves as the court’s chief magistrate.

“I have spent nine years presiding over cases involving the most intimate and sensitive family matters, such as ruling on petitions for domestic violence civil protection orders, dividing assets in divorces, and deciding issues relating to custody and parenting time of children," Pscholka-Gartner said.

"In every case, I strive to be compassionate, fair, and thorough in my decisions,” Pscholka-Gartner said. “I believe my wide variety of experience in the legal field, including my judicial experience, will serve me well if I am elected as the next Probate Court Judge.”

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