Five contested races will appear on your Nov. 8 ballot for judges from the Ohio Supreme Court to local seats.
The winners of each race will serve six years.
The following information was compiled from candidates’ responses to Judicial Votes Count, a joint effort by the Ohio Newspaper Association, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, the Ohio State Bar Association, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, and the Ohio Association of Broadcasters.
Find out more and judge the candidates’ stances at www.judicialvotescount.org.
OHIO SUPREME COURT (seat one)
• Pat Fischer, 58, of Cincinnati: A graduate of Harvard University, Fischer is an Ohio First District Court of Appeals judge. He has been endorsed by the Ohio Republican Party.
• John O’Donnell, 51, of Lakewood: A graduate of the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, O’Donnell is a Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge. He has been endorsed by the Ohio Democratic Party.
OHIO SUPREME COURT (seat two)
• Pat DeWine, 48, of Cincinnati: A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, DeWine is an Ohio First District Court of Appeals judge. Note: DeWine did not list endorsements.
• Cynthia Rice, 58, of Brookfield: A graduate of the University of Akron and Purdue University, Rice is an 11th District Court of Appeals judge. She has been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police and various labor and Democratic groups.
Court of Appeals 9th Appellate District
• Diana Stevenson: Stevenson did not participate.
• Thomas Teodosio, 59, of Munroe Falls: A graduate of the University of Akron School of Law, Teodosio is a Summit County Common Pleas Court judge. He is endorsed by Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 219, United Steel Workers Local 2, and Tri-County Regional Labor Council.
Lorain County Court of Common Pleas
• Chris Cook, 51, of Sheffield Village: A graduate of the University of Toledo and University of Michigan, Cook is the magistrate of Lorain Municipal Court. He has been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, Lorain.
• Will Spiegelberg: Spiegelberg did not participate. He is an Oberlin attorney who at a Wellington Chamber of Commerce candidates night talked about family values and praised his opponent.
Lorain County Domestic Division
• Sherry Glass Strohsack, 42, of Amherst: A graduate of Ohio University, and the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Glass is an attorney and former assistant prosecutor who has worked in child support enforcement, children services, and juvenile delinquency prosecution. She has been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 in Lorain and recommended by the Lorain County Bar Association.
• Krista Marinaro, 44, of Avon: A graduate of the University of Akron School of Law, Marinaro has worked as a defense attorney, assistant prosecutor, and IRS chief counsel attorney. Note: Marinaro did not list endorsements.