Adkins and Farbacher vie for prosecuting attorney seat


(Posted Oct. 16, 2020)

Editor’s note: Candidates in the contested race for Madison County prosecuting attorney were given the opportunity to submit information about themselves for the purpose of the Madison Messenger’s voter’s guide. The following is the information the candidates submitted. They appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

Madison County Prosecutor   (One to be elected)

  • Nicholas Adkins

76 Arlington Ave., London

Occupation: Chief assistant prosecuting attorney, Madison County Prosecutor’s Office

Previous service in public office: I have served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Madison County since 2013.

Education and/or military experience: After attending Madison Plains High School, I received a bachelor of arts degree from Otterbein University, graduating cum laude with honors, and then obtained a juris doctorate at Capital University Law School, graduating cum laude.

Community activities/honors: I am currently a member of: London Rotary Club, St. John’s Lutheran Church, London City Schools Scholarship Foundation Board, Madison County Republican Central Committee, Madison County Bar Association, and the Madison County Township Trustee’s Association.

I have volunteered or participated in: Friends of the London Public Library, London Civil Service Commission, London Rib & Jazz Fest, Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Madison County Arts Council, H.E.L.P. House, and the Welcome Table.

Goals if elected: I want to build on the relationships that I’ve established with local law enforcement and elected officials to better serve, protect, and advance our county.  At the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office, I’ve been working on behalf of the public and their safety, but my expanded goal is for the office to play an active role in the community. I’m excited to put my own stamp on the Prosecutor’s Office with creative and forward-thinking projects.

  • Marla H. Farbacher

930 Glade Run Rd., West Jefferson

Occupation: Assistant prosecuting attorney–currently chief counsel of grand jury unit, Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office

Previous service in public office: I have been an assistant Franklin County prosecuting attorney for over 23 years. Before graduating from law school, I worked in several public offices, including the Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Services, the Columbus City Prosecutor’s Office, and the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office.

Education and/or military experience: I attended The Ohio State University, earning my bachelor of arts in criminology in 1990 and my juris doctor in 1993.

Community activities/honors: I have been involved in the community of West Jefferson for approximately 20 years. I have coached recreation league sports, supported many school activities, served on the Hurt Battelle Memorial Library Board, and am currently in my 10th year as the volunteer legal advisor for the West Jefferson High School Mock Trial team(s). Although my sons have graduated, you may still see me many Friday nights working concessions at the football games.

Goals if elected: If elected, I would objectively, ethically, and independently pursue justice for the citizens of Madison County. I would work with law enforcement to support their investigations from arrest to conviction. I would prioritize the prosecution of sex offenses and interpersonal violence. As a passionate and hard-working career prosecutor, I would apply my lengthy experience and institutionalized knowledge to ensure the law is fairly applied without the influence of party politics. The Rotary Club invited the public to sponsor American flags in honor of people, living or deceased, who had positively impacted their lives.


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