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Judge John O'Donnell kicks off campaign for Ohio Supreme Court
O'Donnell says he’d bring a new perspective to the court

Judge John P. O’Donnell says he's had a broad array of experiences that make him capable of good service on Ohio's Supreme Court.
Courtesy of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court
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In Cleveland Thursday, a Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge kicked off his campaign to win a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Nick Castele reports Judge John P. O’Donnell will challenge Republican incumbent Judith French this November.
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O’Donnell has sat on the Cuyhoga County Court of Common Please since 2002. Justice French was appointed to the Supreme Court at the end of 2012 by Gov. John Kasich, and before that served on the court of appeals. 

O’Donnell is endorsed by the Ohio Democratic Party and says he’d bring a new perspective to the court—but won’t be campaigning as a party standard-bearer.

“I am not telling you that I am conservative or liberal or moderate. I am telling you, as I did in my presentation today, that I have a broad array of experiences that have rendered me I think capable of good service on the court.”

O’Donnell says his experience trying felony criminal cases and major commercial lawsuits qualifies him for the court.

Currently there’s just one Democrat on the seven-member Supreme Court.  A win for O’Donnell would make it two, or possibly three – Republican Justice Sharon Kennedy is also up for re-election, and will likely face a Democratic challenge.
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