Judge-elect thanks community for their votes

Over the course of the last few years, I knew that my passions had me wanting to seek a seat on the 4th District Court of Appeals. As a non-political person, looking at a 14 county district across southern and southeast Ohio had me wondering just how I could make this happen.

I spoke with friends and family and decided that the only way to run in this district was to get in my car and go meet directly with voters. I logged tens of thousands of miles on the road and was able to meet people in all 14 counties.

From students at Ohio University, fair goers, 4-H participants and activists in both parties, I was able to see first hand the diverse beauty of our state. Southern Ohio is a unique region with a variety of issues that must be addressed. I enjoyed the openness of conversation and the frank honesty of so many people.

In conversation, I found that voters wanted the same thing I was running on. People want tough and honest judges who are impartial and fair. They want to know that no matter who you are, you will receive equal treatment of the law. People do not want activist judges of any ideology, they want people who apply the law as it is written.

Our campaign was successful on Election Day and I will be sitting on the bench come February. I wanted to write this letter to thank people but to also pledge that the candidate that appeared in front of you for the election is the judge that will represent you.

I look forward to integrating myself in your community. This honor is the highest of my professional career and aside from being a husband and father is my single biggest responsibility.

I will work hard every day to make you proud.

Mike Hess


Ohio’s 4th District Court of Appeals