Governor Ted Strickland announced Tuesday the appointment of David Branstool to the Licking County Common Pleas Court.
Strickland named the 43-year-old Branstool to fill the seat vacated due to the retirement of Judge Jon Spahr.
Branstool will take the bench on March 31st.
In order to keep the seat, Branstool must run in the November 2010 General Election.
He will face the winner of the Republican primary, either Assistant County Prosecutor Brian Waltz or attorney Robert Morris of Granville.
Branstool has served as Judge for the Licking County Municipal Court since he was elected by Licking County voters in 2003.