Why Ron Bane is Running for Magistrate

Fair & impartial justice for Monongalia County.


Isn’t it important to know – even if you’re never in a courtroom – that fair and impartial justice is readily open to all: this fundamental value is a bedrock of American society.

Magistrate court is the foundation and entryway into our judicial system. Voters elect magistrates to serve as a judge of their peers. While higher degrees can be helpful, and needed in other courtrooms, magistrates need only hold a secondary education.

Often called the lower court, a better term for magistrate court might be common court.

As you’ll note from frequently used court forms, magistrates handle a wide range of matters, including laws relating to county ordinances, traffic citations, civil complaints, and more.

Magistrates play an integral part in enabling our broader court system to administer justice effectively and efficiently.

Ron Bane holds multiple post-secondary degrees including a terminal degree in safety management. When you Vote Bane as Magistrate, you’re electing a seasoned administrator with two decades of public service experience.

Vote Bane as Monongalia County Magistrate in Division 1

Having served our community since 2000, Ron Bane is a new face of fair and impartial justice in Monongalia County.

Our courts are vitally important in keeping government and society in check and balanced. Honesty, work ethic, and resilience are values Ron holds and believes are needed to restore the image of our courts in West Virginia and to redefine courts across America.

With degrees including an MS, MBA and a PhD, Ron brings an professional business background and outlook to our courtroom. As a citizen judge, Bane brings common sense practicality to the bench. His background in parliamentary procedure, municipal ordinances and state law as an elected local government official ensures he’ll understand procedural rules and law so that justice can be expeditiously pursued and the rule of law fairly upheld.

Judging ones’ peers is a serious responsibility. In the courtroom, Ron will strive to treat everyone with fairness and impartiality. Moreover, Bane will honor the dignity of people who come before him, and extend respect to all who respect our court.

Thank you for voting Ron Bane as Magistrate in Monongalia County Division 1 on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. Together, we will work to ensure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness remain our American way.


In talking with citizens, voters and taxpayers, Ron Bane presents five priority goals and objectives that represent a winning slate of ideas for the future of Monongalia County.

  1. Steer at-risk youth toward help, and support vulnerable citizens
    1. Use Monongalia County Teen Court as an alternative, as appropriate.
    2. Maintain visibly active presences outside the courtroom
  2. Employ varying strategies to lower repeat offender rates
    1. Use bonding as a legally defensible court tool
    2. Consider all options to persuade and motivate citizens to comply with the law, and increase fines and fees when needed with repeat offenders
    3. Communicate with defendants, plaintiffs, and legal counsel clearly and consistently in court to ensure court orders are understandable
  3. Prioritize domestic violence and mental hygiene cases
    1. Maintain an organized, updated list actionable items at all times
    2. Develop and use pre-formatted digital files and bookmarked links
  4. Advocate for an effective and efficient justice system
    1. Reduce regional jail trends and taxpayer costs
    2. Ensure sufficient court resources to match county growth
    3. Minimize the need to use retired/special judges to handle caseloads
  5. Collaborate with others on strategies to address community issues
    1. Approach the mental health crisis with care and compassion
    2. Champion recovery and sobriety in addiction and substance abuse cases

While being fair and impartial in all matters to anyone who comes before him, it’s through this lens that Judge Bane views his official duties and responsibilities.


Fair and impartial justice shouldn’t mean far and removed from humanity or reality. Every person who appears before Judge Bane is treated with respect, and he entrusts the same on behalf of our citizens and court.


Judge Bane will fairly and impartially conduct his duties and responsibilities in all matters to anyone who comes before him, or consider recusal, if warranted.


  1. Respect and appreciate the uniqueness of others’ time, treasure, and talents.
  2. Foster and maintain relationships around trust and honest, forthright communication.
  3. Maximize communications reach and value using multiple channels and methods.
  4. Promote collaboration, teamwork, and creating outcomes around positive change.
  5. Prioritize opportunities that can have the greatest reach and/or most profound effect.

2021-2024 Outreach Plan

A multipage plan documenting and expanding on the priority goals and objectives is available to download.