Halliday to stay Common Pleas judge
After the votes were tallied Tuesday night, Republican John Halliday will remain Washington County Common Pleas Court judge.
Halliday was appointed judge in May and took office in June, replacing retiring Judge John Triplett, who retired in February after a lengthy medical leave.
He was elected to serve the remainder of Triplett’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2024.
“I’m happy to continue in office,” Halliday said Tuesday night. “Stability is good for the county and I can build on what we’ve done so far.”
He and Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi have discussed Halliday implementing another drug court.
“Assuming there are enough participants,” Halliday explained.
He said those candidates in his caseload who are qualified are being sent to Compass Recovery drug court.
Magistrate Shoshanna Brooker said she was happy she got the chance to run against Halliday for common pleas judge.
“The votes are the votes,” she said Tuesday night. “I’m happy the voters who voted for me did.”
Although she didn’t win the election, she will continue as magistrate, as she has for the past nine years.
“Business will keep going,” she explained. “I’m excited to work with Judge Halliday for the past 16 years and I’ll be happy to keep working with him.”
She’s unsure if she’ll run for common pleas judge again.
“I’m not sure because of time wise,” she said. “I am 44 years old, so I don’t know if that will happen. I’m looking at the Marietta Municipal Court seat when Judge (Janet Dyar) Welch retires.”
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