|The Campaign Ethics Committee is responsible for ensuring compliance with Canon 7 of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Canon 7 governs campaign conduct of those seeking judicial office. Because a fair and impartial judiciary is critical, Canon 7 provides rules governing conduct of judicial candidates during the election. The Mahoning County Bar Association has developed Positive Campaign Expectations to assist in educating judicial candidates as to the requirements of Canon 7. The goal of the Committee, as set forth in the Positive Campaign Expectations, is to “Promptly, uniformly and impartially enforce positive campaigning consistent with Canon 7 of the Code of Judicial Conduct.” All judicial candidates that are members of the MCBA are required to attend a one hour seminar conducted by the Committee. The seminar outlines the requirements of Canon 7 and reviews the procedures utilized if a candidate believes his/her opponent has violated Canon 7. A judicial candidate can seek an advisory opinion from the committee before disseminating campaign literature to ensure compliance with Canon 7. In addition, the Committee will conduct hearings and render opinions if a complaint alleging a violation of Canon 7 is files. The Complaint is filed with the Ohio Supreme Court and referred to the MCBA for investigation and a determination.There are approximately 20 members on the Campaign Ethics Committee. There is a sub-committee, which issues advisory opinions and hears complaints, which consists of the President of the Bar Association, the Chair of the Campaign Ethics Committee, 2 members of the Committee, and 1 lay person. In order to ensure fair and impartial review of complaints, members of the sub-committee are precluded from directly or indirectly supporting any judicial candidates.
Lynn A. Maro
Robert Price, Liaison