Triplett wins judge race

MICHAEL KELLY The Marietta Times John Triplett checks numbers on his mobile phone while surrounded by supporters and friends at an election watch party Tuesday night in The Armory. Triplett won election as judge of the Washington County

Marietta attorney John Triplett will take up a judgeship in the Washington County Court of Common Pleas after being elected to a six-year term Tuesday night.

Triplett ran against Shoshanna Brooker, a Fleming attorney who has been a county magistrate for the past five years.

“I’m old school, I just want people to get out and vote,” Triplett said at an election night watch party in The Armory, waiting for results to come in. As friends and supporters chatted and ate shrimp and other dishes, Triplett said, “I hope they vote my way, but the main thing is for them to get out.”

Triplett won the election, according to final, unofficial results, 13,221 votes or 60.66 percent, to Brooker’s 8,575, or 39.34 percent.

“I had a lot of help from a lot of people,” Triplett said. “I had a lot of help from the veteran community. They’ve always got your back. I am pleased to say that myself, (Republican primary opponent) John Halliday and Shoshanna Brooker all ran clean campaigns with the dignity that befits the office.”

Triplett, 59, has been a private practice attorney in Marietta since 1989, having graduated from Ohio Northern University with a law degree. He entered the Army, where he got his initial legal experience with the Judge Advocate General (JAG) corps.

Brooker, 42, has served as a magistrate in Washington County for five years, and previously was a private practice lawyer for 15 years.

“I congratulate my opponent, and I’m glad we kept our civility in a nice, clean race,” Brooker said. “I look forward to working with him in the future.”

Triplett will succeed Judge Randall Burnworth.

Burnworth was elected in 2012 to a six-year term but could not run again because of age restrictions. His salary as of 2017 was $122,796. In the 2012 election, he barely defeated Mark Kerenyi, 12,898 to 11,610 votes. Kerenyi ran again in 2016, defeating two other candidates, Brooker and Daniel Everson. Brooker in that election received 9,637 votes, and Kerenyi received 14,251. Everson was a distant third at 2,822.

Triplett takes office Jan. 1. Brooker will remain as a common pleas court magistrate.

Washington County Common Pleas Court

¯ Current judge: Randall Burnworth, in office since 2013, ineligible to run again because of age restrictions.

¯ Term: Six years.

¯ Salary: $101,044.13 (beginning of term, 2013).

Candidates and votes:

¯ John Triplett: 13,221 (60.66 percent).

¯ Shoshanna Brooker: 8,575 (39.34 percent).