Former county magistrate loses bid for judge’s position

LISBON — Former Columbiana County Magistrate, Judge Kathleen Bartlett lost her bid for re-election to the Ohio Seventh District Court of Appeals on Tuesday.

Judge David D’Apolito of Canfield, in a county-by-county breakdown won in only Mahoning County, but it was enough votes to defeat Bartlett, who carried Columbiana County, as well as Belmont, Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe and Noble Counties.

Overall, D’Apolito took 51 percent of the votes with only 3,708 votes separating him from Bartlett. Mahoning County had 80,240 voters cast ballots in the race on Tuesday out of the 169,572 throughout the Seventh District.

D’Apolito, the Democrat candidate, has served as a Mahoning County Court judge and previously served as a magistrate in Mahoning County and as the prosecutor in the village of New Middletown.

Bartlett, who lives in North Jackson, was a domestic relations magistrate in Columbiana County for 12 years before she was appointed by Gov. John Kasich in late March to fill a vacancy on the Seventh District Appeals Court. That vacancy was created when Judge Mary DeGenaro left her seat there when she was pointed to the Ohio Supreme Court.