Athens County Judge Supports Issue 1

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An Athens County Judge says he supports Issue One because he wants to have the option to run for office again if he chooses to do so.

Issue one deals with a provision passed in 1971 that bans Ohio judges from serving on the bench past the age of 70.

If passed, it would increase the maximum age to 76.

Only 22 states have age restrictions similar to the one in the buckeye state.

Athens County Common Pleas Court Judge Alan Goldsberry says judges who are healthy and able should have the option to continue on the bench.

"I don't know for sure that I would run again, but I would like to have the option. None of us know what our health is gonna be tomorrow. We have young people dying of cancer all the time. So, I guess that is the best way I can put it. I would like to retain that option if I can," says Goldsberry.

Ohio's current law makes judges the only elected officials with an age restriction.