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Bratka wins judge race

Business as usual expected in Logan County Family Court

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Logan County Family Court Judge Dan Bratka, seated, and his campaign treasurer, Tom Scheiderer look for early results on the computer at Judge Bratka’s West Liberty home during Tuesday’s election. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

Logan County Family Court won’t be seeing any big changes for at least the next two years after longtime magistrate and acting Judge Dan Bratka took a solid victory in Tuesday’s election.

“Wow. I am elated and in awe. I know all the adjectives, I just can’t pick the right one,” he said after the results from all but two precincts painted him the clear winner of the race.

The final unofficial results after all 40 precincts were tallied, was 12,234 for Judge Bratka and 6,315 for his challenger, attorney Bridget Hawkins.

“I’m very happy. I wasn’t quite expecting to win like I did,” the judge said. “I appreciate the voters of Logan County for their support and I look forward to serving the people of Logan County for the next four years.”

Judge Bratka was recently appointed to fill the vacancy left on the bench after Judge C. Douglas Chamberlain’s July 31 retirement.

A magistrate under Judge Chamberlain for nearly eight years, Judge Bratka said he plans to move forward with business as usual while dealing with the court’s displacement from the Logan County Courthouse.

“With our situation at the courthouse and the staff spread in three buildings, we are doing an excellent job maintaining the court and I don’t plan on making any changes,” he said. “Right now, we have to do whatever we can to help the commissioners and construction company get us into the old library.”

Currently spread throughout the Logan County Courthouse Annex, Memorial Hall and the Logan County Commissioners’ Office, the goal is to locate the entire family court in the Carnegie Building, which was formerly the Logan County Library and most recently was occupied by The Ohio State University Extension Office and the Logan Child Support Enforcement Agency. Both of those entities have already relocated.

“I can’t wait to get into the library and get all the staff together,” Judge Bratka said. “We are doing good spread out in three buildings, but we will do better when we are all together.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Judge Brady and we will be moving forward,” he said.

Ms. Hawkins could not be reached for comment late Tuesday.

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