Tuscarawas County Assistant Prosecutor, Michael J. Ernest, is announcing his candidacy for Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court Judge, General Trial Division. Ernest, a Democrat, seeks the seat currently held by Judge Edward E. O’Farrell.
“I am running to be County’s next Common Pleas Court Judge as I believe that I am uniquely qualified to serve in that capacity as I have been entrusted with prosecuting the felony drug cases in Tuscarawas County since 2009. In my opinion, the rise of drug addiction and abuse in Tuscarawas County in the past 10 years is the most serious problem facing Tuscarawas County.”
Ernest has served as an Assistant Tuscarawas County Prosecutor since 2001 and has served as the Chief Assistant to Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Ryan Styer since 2009. Ernest previously served as an assistant prosecutor in the City of New Philadelphia’s Prosecutor’s Office and has worked in the law office of Johnson, Urban and Range LLC.
“I have worked to help those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol and who genuinely seek help through rehabilitation, and I have aggressively prosecuted those who intend harm to our community through the sale of drugs and other criminal conduct. I have represented the Tuscarawas County Prosecutor’s Office on the Tuscarawas County Court of Common Pleas Drug Court treatment team since its inception and at the same time have sought incarceration for those that traffic in the harmful drugs that lead to ruined lives and even death. If elected, I would bring this same balanced approach to the court.”
Ernest obtained his law degree from Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and law license in 1996, his Bachelor of Science Degree from Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1993, and graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 1989.
Along with working as a lawyer, Ernest has been an adjunct instructor at Kent State University at Tuscarawas since 2004, and he has been an owner of The Quaker Cinema in New Philadelphia since its reopening in 1997.
Ernest currently serves the Tuscarawas County community through the following volunteer boards and committees:
“If elected, I will continue to bring the same level of hard work and commitment to fairness, community safety and public service that I have demonstrated as a prosecutor, community volunteer and small business owner.”
Ernest resides in New Philadelphia with his wife, Elizabeth, and their four children.