MONROE — For Dan Bartholf, taking the next step in his legal career and running for judge was never a matter of if, but when.
He had initially contemplated running 12 years ago, but decided that it was not the right time yet.
Now, with 22 years of experience behind him, Bartholf is hoping to take the title of Green County Circuit Court Judge.
“Early on in my career, I just felt that I would be a good fit for being a judge,” he said. “I’ve always desired to be a judge.”
Bartholf’s legal journey started during his undergraduate years in college. After studying business, he decided that a career in law would broaden his opportunities to help others.
“I could have more of an impact on people than just working for a corporation,” he said.
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His studies then took him to the University of Cincinnati College of Law, but it wasn’t long before Bartholf found himself back in the hometown he loved: Monroe.
“This is the community that I was raised in, this is the community that I wanted to raise my kids in,” he said.
Bartholf first started his legal career in 1999 when he joined the firm Voegeli and Ewald in Monroe. After seven years, he became a partner there himself. He has worked at Voegeli, Ewald & Bartholf Law Offices, S.C. since.
Bartholf’s legal experience has prepared him for being judge, but it has also prepared him to serve the people of Green County. He has served on the School District of Monroe Board of Education, including as both the president and treasurer. He has also worked with the Green County Humane Society, the Rainbow Board of Directors as both president and vice president, and the Public Library, among others.
“I’ve been given so much from this community,” he said. “I just felt that I needed to not only serve the public but also to give back to the community. Whatever I do, I want to try to make a difference. A positive difference.”