Candidates for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio

Sharon Kennedy

Residence: Hamilton, OH

Education: Juris Doctor, University of Cincinnati, College of Law; Bachelor’s degree of Social Work, University of Cincinnati, School of Social Work

Judicial Experience: Justice, Ohio Supreme Court (2012-present); Administrative Judge, Butler County Domestic Relations Court (1999-2012)

Quote(s):

“So as you start looking at that, it really becomes more foundational to say that we believe that judges say what the law says, not what it should be. We also say that the power of the judiciary is limited to just that, to following the text and applying it.” Lima News, June 4, 2022

“As a former police officer and current Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, the State of Ohio, and the laws of the State. With your support, I will continue to honor the Constitution by upholding the law, not creating it or legislating from the bench.” KennedyForOhio.com

“When judges start tinkering or meddling in the law, no one can gauge what the law is. I am not a law maker. I uphold the law.” Journal-News, December 28, 2012

Endorsements/Affiliations:

National Federation of Independent Business Ohio PAC; Ohio Bail Agents Association; Ohio Business Roundtable PAC; Ohio Chamber of Commerce PAC; Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Agriculture for Good Government PAC; The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association PAC; Ohio Fraternal Order of Police; Boilermakers Local #105; Cement Masons & Plasterers Local #886; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #688; Iron Workers Local #44 IPAL; Roofers Local Union #134; Toledo Police Command Officers’ Association (T.P.C.O.A.); Tri-State Building and Construction Trades

Campaign Contribution Breakdown (As of August 2022)

# of Contributions Percentage Contributions Received Percentage
From Ohio 584 98% $331,492.34 96%
From Outside Ohio 11 2% $14,013.00 4%

Jennifer Brunner

Born: Springfield, OH

Education: Sociology-Gerontology, B.A. from Miami University and J.D. from Capital University Law School

Judicial Experience: Justice, Ohio Supreme Court (2021-present), Judge of the Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals, Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge, Ohio Secretary of State

Quote(s):

“Time and again, hyper-partisans and decriers of ‘legislating from the bench’ have tried to prevail over measured judicial decisions with tactics not respectful of our principles of democracy or of judicial independence. When trying to silence a court that has reached a decision that strikes at the heart of abused power, the tactics have often been to attack the work of courts.  Very often, ‘legislating from the bench’ or ‘judicial activism’ are phrases used to delegitimize the work of courts when they operate as a check and balance on another branch of government.” Jennifer Brunner

Endorsements/Affiliations:

Ohio AFL/CIO; Ohio Education Association; State Conference of the I.B.E.W.; Ohio Association of Public School Employees/American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (OAPSE/AFSCME); Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union; Ohio Farmers Union

Campaign Contribution Breakdown (As of August 2022)

# of Contributions Percentage Contributions Received Percentage
From Ohio 648 19% $97,437.89 64%
From Outside Ohio 2750 81% $54,220.76 36%

Candidates for Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio

(Term Commencing on 01/01/2023)

Pat Fischer

Residence: Cincinnati, OH

Education: Law degree (1983); bachelor’s degree in history (1980), Harvard University

Judicial Experience: Justice, Ohio Supreme Court (2017-present); Judge, 1st District Court of Appeals (2010-2016)

Quote(s):

“I know the state well, both being a justice and president of the state bar. Been to all 88 counties multiple times. I will enforce the law as written and do a lot of research.” Toledo Blade, August 27, 2022

Endorsements/Affiliations:

Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio; Ohio Business Roundtable; Ohio Chamber of Commerce PAC; Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Agriculture for Good Government PAC; Ohio Manufacturers’ Association PAC; Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association; National Federation of Independent Business Ohio PAC

Campaign Contribution Breakdown (As of August 2022)

# of Contributions Percentage Contributions Received Percentage
From Ohio 422 99% $213,091.34 99%
From Outside Ohio 5 1% $1,568.00 1%

Terri Jamison

Hometown: Welch, West Virginia

Education: Business, B.S. from Franklin University and J.D. from Capital University Law School

Judicial Experience: Judge of the Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals, Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge

Quote(s):

“The personal beliefs, philosophies, and principles of the justices determine the outcomes of cases and shape our society.” Terri Jamison

“Being a member of two collective bargaining units, I understand collective bargaining, how it affects your benefits, pay, hours of work, and everything.” Terri Jamison

Endorsements/Affiliations:

Ohio AFL/CIO; Ohio Association of Public School Employees/American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (OAPSE/AFSCME); Ohio Education Association; Ohio Federation of Teachers; United Auto Workers (UAW); United Mine Workers of America (UMWA); United Food and Commercial Workers of Ohio (UFCW)

Campaign Contribution Breakdown (As of August 2022)

# of Contributions Percentage Contributions Received Percentage
From Ohio 400 12% $68,463.33 58%
From Outside Ohio 2906 88% $49,034.17 42%

Candidates for Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio

(Term Commencing on 01/02/2023)

Pat DeWine

Residence: Columbus, OH

Education: Law degree (1994), University of Michigan; bachelor’s degrees in diplomacy & foreign affairs and in history, Miami University (Ohio (1990)

Judicial Experience: Associate justice, Ohio Supreme Court (2017-present); Judge, 1st District Court of Appeals (2013-2017); Judge, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court (2009-2013)

Quote(s):

“This election is really going to decide which direction the court goes, whether we have a court that prioritizes the rule of law and creating certainty or whether we go the other direction and have a much more activist, inconsistent court.” Toledo Blade, September 5, 2022

Endorsements/Affiliations:

Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio; Ohio Business Roundtable; Ohio Chamber of Commerce PAC; Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Agriculture for Good Government PAC; Ohio Manufacturers’ Association PAC; Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association; National Federation of Independent Business Ohio PAC

Campaign Contribution Breakdown (As of August 2022)

# of Contributions Percentage Contributions Received Percentage
From Ohio 370 98% $233,344.34 98%
From Outside Ohio 6 2% $4,533.00 2%

Marilyn Zayas

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Education: Computer Science, B.S. from City University of New York and J.D. from University of Cincinnati

Judicial Experience: Judge of Ohio’s First District Court of Appeals

Quote(s):

“It is my priority to ensure the law is applied with balance and consistency in every case. My past experience allows me to thoroughly review each case and accurately apply the law.” Marilyn Zayas

Endorsements/Affiliations:

Ohio AFL/CIO; Ohio Federation of Teachers; Ohio Association for Justice (formerly known as the Ohio Trial Attorneys Association); Ohio Education Association; United Mine Workers of America; United Auto Workers Region 2B

Campaign Contribution Breakdown (As of August 2022)

# of Contributions Percentage Contributions Received Percentage
From Ohio 313 10% $50,097.01 41%
From Outside Ohio 2976 90% $71,028.26 59%

Source for campaign finance information: Ohio Secretary of State