My name is William “Bill” Archer and I am running to be your Hocking County Common Pleas Court Judge.
I am a resident of Logan and have owned property in Hocking County since 2003. My wife Teresa and I have been married for 35 years. We are the parents of two adult children, William and Lauren. We are the proud grandparents of two-year-old Liam. We are also the parents of Duke, our rescue dog.
Teresa and I attend Antioch Alliance Church here in Logan. I am an active participant in the Out of the Boat Ministries. I am a Mason, a Shriner, a conceal carry permit holder, and a member of the NRA. I am a family man who puts his priorities as faith and family.
I am presently employed by the Vinton County Prosecutor’s Office as the county’s first full-time assistant prosecutor. I have maintained a small private legal practice since 1996. I was assistant prosecutor in Hocking County for eight years. I have 30 years of legal experience; including 20 years as an assistant prosecutor; eight years as a legal aid attorney handling housing, education, and public benefits cases; and three years as a public defender.
I have presented nearly 100 jury trials. I have argued cases in the Ohio Supreme Court and have handled class action cases in the federal district court. My first legal job was as a law clerk in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. I was the Village Solicitor for Laurelville and its Magistrate for Mayor’s Court for over five years. I have the legal experience to be your judge.
I am running for judge for several reasons. First, as a prosecutor, I have seen firsthand the reduction in incarceration for serious offenders. Drug traffickers and child sex abusers convicted at a jury trial are not sent to prison but are allowed to remain out on bond. I will protect the public from these serious offenders.
Second, we are not working together to fight the opioid epidemic. We are wasting limited county resources to run duplicative programs. I intend to work with the other courts to utilize limited tax dollars in joint treatment programs. Calling upon my prior legal aid experience, I also intend to seek grant funding for transitional programs that seek to relocate offenders who successfully complete treatment to other areas of the state to offer them a clean break from the negative local influences to give them a truly new fresh start, and equip them with support services so that they can become contributing members of society.
Third, victim’s rights will be honored and respected.
Fourth, I will impose financial sanctions on offenders so that they share in the costs of the programs and services presented to them. The cost of these programs should not fall solely on county taxpayers.
Fifth, I want to bring a new temperament to the court. Any person, attorney, or litigant will be treated with dignity and respect. My office will follow the Golden Rule: treat others as you would want to be treated.
I ask for you to vote for Archer for Hocking County Common Pleas Court Judge.