Candidates

Two seats on the Ohio Supreme Court are on the General Election ballot on November 6, 2018. One Republican and one Democrat filed for each of the two open races for seats held by current Justice Terrence O’Donnell and newly-appointed Justice Mary DeGenaro. Each justice elected to the court serves a six-year term.

  • Justice Mary DeGenaro is running for election, after having been appointed in January to William O’Neill’s seat when he resigned.
  • Republican Craig Baldwin, a state appellate court judge from the Fifth District in Canton, is running for the seat held by Justice Terrence O’Donnell, who could not seek reelection because he turned 70 while in office. Baldwin is opposed by Michael P. Donnelly, a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge.

Mary DeGenaro

Mary DeGenaro

Justice Mary DeGenaro was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court by Governor John Kasich on January 29, 2018, to fill the vacancy left by departing Justice William O’Neill. She will have nine months of incumbency behind her before the November 8 General Election. She is a Cuyahoga County native.

Prior to her Ohio Supreme Court appointment, DeGenaro was elected to the Seventh District Court of Appeals in 2000 and served in that capacity until her Ohio Supreme Court appointment. During her tenure on the appellate court, she sat by assignment with the Ohio Supreme Court and multiple appellate districts.

Active in the Ohio Judicial Conference (OJC), DeGenaro has been serving as the co-chair of the Judicial Ethics & Professionalism Committee since 2013, which duties include serving on the OJC Executive Committee and the Moyer Civility Group. She also was an adjunct faculty member in Youngstown State University’s Political Science Department. Prior to joining the appellate court, she served on Poland Village Council.

DeGenaro earned her undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University and her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

As a candidate for election, Justice DeGenaro is endorsed by the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice, the Ohio Republican Party and the Youngstown Vindicator.

Craig Baldwin

Craig Baldwin

Judge Craig Baldwin was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeals in 2013. He was elected to the position in 2014 and again in 2016. Prior to his time on the appellate court, Baldwin served eight years as a judge in the Licking County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division. Baldwin has served by assignment on the Ohio Supreme Court and is a former chair of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on the Rules of Superintendence. He also has been a frequent instructor at the Ohio Judicial College.

An attorney since 1992, Judge Baldwin was a partner with the law firm of Jones, Norpell, List, Miller and Howarth. In 2001 he was appointed by the Licking County Commissioners as director of the Licking County Child Support Enforcement Agency until his election as judge in 2004. He was re-elected as judge in 2010.

Baldwin earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio University, where he also pursued graduate degree work in public administration. He obtained his law degree from Capital University. He is a Newark, Ohio resident.

As a candidate for election, Judge Baldwin is endorsed by the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice and the Ohio Republican Party.