April 29, 2014
Appellate Judge Marie Hoover (D - Fourth District) met with members of the Portsmouth/Scioto County League of Women Voters for their March 31st meeting, held at the Scioto County Courthouse. Judge Hoover made history as the first woman to be elected to the Fourth District Court of Appeals. “Our League is very proud to have the first female judge elected to the Fourth District Court of Appeals as one of our members,” said League Co-president Sandra Reiser. “One of the goals of the League is to encourage women to participate in government.” Hoover has been a member of the League for eight years.
The League of Women Voters toured the Scioto County Courthouse and visited the Appellate Court/Domestic Relations Court as well as Judge Hoover’s office and the Law Library. Judge Hoover discussed the importance of the elections of judges. “Judges interpret the law,” said Hoover, “so judicial elections are just as important as the legislative branch elections. Judges need knowledge on a wide scale, as we must handle cases pertaining to many different areas of the law.” Hoover said she enjoyed campaigning. “I loved meeting people from all over the Fourth District. It is a large geographical area spanning 14 counties.” Hoover said, “Meeting the people and traveling the counties reminds me that there are people behind each one of the files I review. I always need to remember that.”
Having practiced law for 18 years prior to being elected as a judge, Judge Hoover said, “This is a different feeling of accomplishment, and a different way of serving. It is an honor to serve in this position.” Hoover is implementing new technology along with time honored traditions in her office, and has hired two attorneys, Andrew Sturgill and Matthew Waigand, as well as Bernice Roe as the secretary. In their office, this new technology adds to their efficiency.
Judge Hoover was born in Lakewood, Ohio, and grew up in Waverly. She is married to attorney R.Tracy Hoover, and they have two high school age boys, Nate(15) and Nick(14). “Both boys attend Shawnee State University through the post-secondary options program,” said Hoover. “We encourage them to follow their dreams. One is interested in medicine and the other law.”
The next League event will be a LWV Town Hall Meeting, held at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 1415 Gallia, on Monday, April 28 at 7:00 pm, where the Lacey Strafford Curtis Impact Award will be presented to Scioto County Probate Court Judge James Kirsch. The public is welcome to attend.
The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan. The League encourages citizen participation in government. It does not endorse any candidate or political party, but may take a position on issues.