Mark B. Schwemer is an Independent candidate for Judge of the Domestic Relations Division of the Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

Mark was born and raised in Hardin County, graduating from Kenton High School before obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree at Trine (Tri-State) University and his Juris Doctorate at Michigan State University. After passing the Ohio Bar in 2002, Mark joined his father David and the late Fred Markley in private practice at Wetherill, Schwemer, Markley and Schwemer in Kenton, Ohio.

Mark has operated a diverse practice during his 20 years in the practice of law ranging from adoptions, civil litigation, custody/visitation, dissolutions, estates, guardianships, landlord/tenant issues, municipal corporations, juvenile defense, and real estate transactions. During this time, Mark has been the Solicitor for the Villages of Dunkirk and Mt. Victory; legal counsel for the Upper Scioto Drainage and Conservancy District; defense counsel for the Hardin County Juvenile Treatment Court, and nuisance/zoning officer for Cessna and Dudley Townships.

The primary focus of Mark’s practice has been in the Hardin County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. For 20 years Mark has represented parents and grandparents in visitation and custody disputes; he has counseled parents and family members involved in abuse, neglect, and dependency cases with child services; he has served as defense counsel to children charged with misdemeanors and felonies; and he has served as the Guardian ad Litem giving a voice to the children involved in custody, visitation, and child services cases.

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Mark has been an active member of the community.

Giving back and being a part of the community in which he lives has always been important to Mark. 

While attending Tri-State University Mark was involved in a number of community service projects including roadside clean up, building a playground, and raking leaves for the elderly through his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. He was also involved with Circle K International, the collegiate branch of the Kiwanis Club, participating in a large number of their service projects.

While at Michigan State University, Mark was active with the MSU Rental Housing Clinic, a legal resource for low income families faced with eviction and other rental housing problems.

Upon returning to Hardin County, Mark continued his work in the community by coaching high school and youth soccer teams, working with the Hardin County YMCA and OSU Extension and volunteering at the Kenton SOUP kitchen among other charitable efforts. In addition to being involved with the community himself, Mark has encouraged his soccer teams to do the same. Every year his team has held a cancer awareness match where funds are raised for local cancer support organizations. Mark’s team also organizes and runs a free soccer camp for the area youth.




Mark Schwemer and Family

Mark with his wife Paula and their two boys, Gage and Nash.



On Tuesday, November 8, 2022 vote for Mark B. Schwemer for Common Pleas Judge