Stacy Brooks
Stacy Brooks
Chillicothe attorney Stacy Brooks has announced her candidacy for Ohio's Fourth District Court of Appeals.

Brooks has spent her career practicing in southeastern and southern Ohio, representing the hard-working people of this part of the state, including families, small businesses and local governments.

According to her website, https://brooksforjudge.com/, Brook’s experience as a trial and appeals attorney and has taken her to many of the counties in the Fourth Appellate District, which includes Adams, Athens, Gallia, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton and Washington. She has worked on civil and criminal appeals to the Court of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court.

"Being in public office means you are a public servant. When people look at my experiences, they will see my work has been about advocating and problem solving – whether working on legislation or appeals or organizing a legal clinic," Brooks told The Highland County Press this week.

"I got into this race when the seat had sat vacant for months. I have been working hard to earn the support of the voters in all 14 counties, and I will continue to work hard through November. As judge, I will be compassionate, fair and free from outside influence."

Brooks graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati with a bachelor of science degree. She has a master's degree from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where she was a graduate fellow. She received her law degree from Vermont Law School.

Brooks received several awards during law school, including the Maximilian W. Kempner Award, which is given at commencement to the student who best exemplifies the highest standards of competence, integrity, respect, fair-mindedness and public service; and the Winona Ward Student Activist of the Year award given out by the Women's Law Group.

Brooks began her legal career as a staff attorney with Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, serving families, seniors and others in need through direct litigation as well as community advocacy. In 2012, she became a small business owner, opening her own practice in Chillicothe, and in 2014, she joined the law firm Seif & McNamee, LLC with offices in Chillicothe and Waverly.

Brooks has more than 13 years of experience representing individuals, families and businesses. She is also the solicitor for the Village of Beaver and has represented the Village of Piketon and the City of Waverly in Mayor’s Courts.

Brooks and her family live in Chillicothe, where her husband, Luke Feeney, is the mayor. They have two children, Colin and Marin.

There are currently three judges on the Court, Peter B. Abele, Michael D. Hess and Jason P. Smith. The term of the fourth seat, which Brooks is seeking, will expire in February 2023.

She will be opposed in the Nov. 3 general election by Hillsboro attorney Kristy Wilkin, who was recently appointed to the bench by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.