Licking County Municipal Judge David Branstool on Dec. 28 announced his candidacy for the Licking County Common Pleas Court.

Licking County Municipal Judge David Branstool on Dec. 28 announced his candidacy for the Licking County Common Pleas Court.

Common Pleas Judge Jon Spahr will retire at the end of the year.

"Judge Spahr certainly set the bar high for his successor, and I wish him the best in his retirement," Branstool said in a press release. "He has served the citizens of Licking County dutifully for over 30 years, and his presence on the court will be missed."

Branstool has been a municipal court judge for six years. He first was elected in 2003. He was re-elected in 2005, running unopposed.

Branstool, 43, of Johnstown graduated from Utica High School, Ohio State University and Capital University Law School. In 1992, he received the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law. He and his wife, Paulette, have three children, Taylor, Samuel and Grace.