Election May 2018: Megan L. Bickerton

Megan L. Bickerton

Name: Megan L. Bickerton
City of Residence: East Liverpool
Party Affiliation: Republican
Office Desired: Columbiana County Court of Common Pleas Judge
Facebook: facebook.com/bickertonforjudge

Why should you be elected
I’ve spent my career defending the rule of law, the men and women in law enforcement and our Constitution. I seek to become a judge to continue my work in public service, which has always been the goal in my career.

I did not make this decision lightly, but it is my firm belief that my experience as a trial attorney has prepared me for the bench. I have practiced law in courts all over our county and in numerous Appellate Courts throughout Northeast Ohio handling felony, misdemeanor, traffic and juvenile cases of varying complexity.

I believe it’s time for new leadership in the Court of Common Pleas. I was born and raised in Columbiana County and I am asking for the support of Columbiana County voters on May 8.

Top three priorities
1) Establish a Drug Court – If elected, I plan to establish a Drug Court certified by the Supreme Court of Ohio to help curb the opioid crisis in Columbiana County. Drug Courts reduce overdoses and drug usage, and data has also shown that they can reduce overall crime in a community. Drug Courts ensure compliance with participants through active judicial oversight and help to restore families. Our current system is not addressing this overwhelming problem in our county and it’s time to try new, proven methods.

2) Treat each individual who enters the courtroom equally and fairly. As a judge, it would be my duty to seek justice in each and every case before me. Everyone deserves to be treated impartially and with integrity. My judicial philosophy is to interpret the law as it was written in the Constitution. I will never take on the role of an activist judge to enact social or political changes by legislating from the bench.

3) As a prosecutor, my record on crime speaks for itself. I’ve prosecuted over 16,000 cases in my legal career protecting the area my family and I call home. I would take this experience as a prosecutor to continue to protect the community from violent criminals and drug dealers by being a firm, but fair judge for the people of Columbiana County.

Born and raised in East Liverpool, Ohio, Megan is the daughter of Janice Forsythe, a former teacher at Beaver Local Schools, and the late Dann Forsythe, a former steel worker at Weirton Steel. She graduated in 1999, a product of Beaver Local High School. Bickerton continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating cum laude in 2003.

After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology she earned her Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern Pettit College of Law in 2006. While there, she was an American Bar Association National Appellate competitor and served as an executive board member of the Moot Court. In her law school years, Bickerton worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Joseph Niemeyer of Hancock County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas. She was also employed by Drake, Phillips, Kuenzli and Clark as a law clerk where her research focused on bankruptcy, real estate and criminal law. Megan was admitted to the Ohio Bar in November of 2006.

Bickerton began her career as a prosecutor in Medina County. She was in the Juvenile Court handling all felony and misdemeanor cases in the county. While in Medina County, Megan also handled felony cases in Medina County Court of Common Pleas. During her time there she also argued appellate issues in the 9th District Court of Appeals.

In August of 2011, Megan returned home to Columbiana County and joined the Columbiana County Prosecutor’s Office. She was assigned to the criminal division handling cases in Columbiana County Municipal Court. Megan handled misdemeanor, traffic and felony preliminary hearings. Currently, Megan is assigned to the felony criminal division handling cases in the Court of Common Pleas. While with the Columbiana County Prosecutor’s Office, Bickerton has argued before the 5th, 7th, and 8th District Court of Appeals.

In addition to her work as a prosecutor, Megan represents the Village of Lisbon as solicitor. She began her position with the Village of Lisbon in 2015. During her time with the Village, Megan has worked on writing new legislation associated with the downtown revitalization project. Additionally, Bickerton advises the Village on all legal matters that come before the Village.

Involved in a variety of community and civic organizations, Bickerton currently serves as President of the Beaver Local Schools Foundation, a non-profit foundation that raises scholarship funds for graduating seniors. She is a member of the Calcutta Rotary club, the Jo Ann Davidson Leadership Institute and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. She previously served as board member and secretary of Leadership Columbiana County.

Bickerton is a member of the following organizations:
•   Columbiana County Bar Association
•  Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Association
•  Ohio Bar Association
•  Ohio Women’s Bar Association
•  Ohio Farm Bureau
•  National Rifle Association

Megan resides in St. Clair Township with her husband, David, and their son Wesley.

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