“Common sense approach to justice and balanced background in the law. I hope to win your vote on May 8, 2018.”

— Judge Debra McLaughlin

The Perfect Fit for the 23rd Judicial Circuit

With an 18 year history of serving Morgan County as Prosecuting Attorney, Debra hopes that she will be able to serve another 18 years in her current role as 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge.

• 23 Years of Experience

• Proven History of Ethical & Fair Prosecution

• An Unyielding Work Ethic

• Commitment to Family & Community

• Diverse Law Background

Learn More About Debra

Check out our Q&A page to learn more about Judge McLaughlin’s knowledge of the law, character and effectiveness.


  • Debra is a talented lawyer, a hard worker, and a proven public servant.

    I have known Debra for almost 20 years. She started practicing law in Berkeley Springs in 1999, and in short order, she was working as the assistant prosecuting attorney here.

    Following the death of David Savasten, Debra became the prosecuting attorney for Morgan County and was then elected to full, four-year terms in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

    She is ethical, works hard, is smart and is fair.
    Senator Charles S. Trump IV
  • As an Investigator for the Crimes Against Children Unit for the West Virginia State Police for the last 7 years, I have worked with Debra multiple times.

    AS team members of the Morgan County Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Team (MDIT), Debra and I have discussed all aspects of criminal investigation where she clearly demonstrates her ability to reason regarding facts of cases and application of fair law.

    In addition to implementing a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) within the Morgan County Prosecutor's office, Debra has also brought Teen Court to Morgan County. This endeavor by Debra has shown her willingness to have a structured system in place that allows teens the opportunity to have the necessary resources and materials available in order to avoid recidivism.
    Corporal F.H. Edwards
  • John Yoder was a great man and a good judge. Debra McLaughlin will be more than able to fill his shoes.
    James T. Kratovil, Attorney at Law