Katelyn Dickey Appointed as New Judge in 7th District Court of Appeals: Making History in Ohio Judiciary

Lisbon, Ohio – Katelyn Dickey has been appointed by Governor Mike DeWine to serve as the Republican primary winner for the vacant 7th District Court of Appeals seat. Her term will commence on April 10, following her resignation as the Columbiana County Municipal Court judge. Dickey emerged victorious in the March 19 primary, securing 69.3 percent of the vote against Mary DeGenaro of Poland, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice who had served as a judge on the 7th District Court of Appeals for 17 years. No other candidates are running in the upcoming November 5 general election for this position.

The seat had been empty since Democrat David D’Apolito resigned on January 1 to assume the role of Canfield city manager. The court has been employing a visiting judge since his departure. Efforts were made to have Dickey’s successor appointed before the primary, but Governor DeWine, a Republican, opted to wait until after the primary to make the decision.

The appeals court has jurisdiction over eight counties: Mahoning, Columbiana, Belmont, Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe, and Noble. With its location in Youngstown, Mahoning County holds the highest population within the district. Upon Dickey’s induction, the appeals court will consist of three Republicans and one Democrat.

This appointment signifies a new chapter for Judge Dickey, who will bring her expertise and experience to the bench of the 7th District Court of Appeals.