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January 12, 2006


Party Candidate Slates for Supreme Court Remain Undetermined as Filing Deadline Nears


Jeff Longstreth
Executive Director
Ohio Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

January 12, 2006, Ohio - With the candidate-filing deadline for the May primary little more than a month away, the slate of potential entrants for two seats at stake on the Ohio Supreme Court remains undetermined.


Republicans said they are certain of one of their candidates: incumbent Justice Terrence O'Donnell. Elected in 2004 to serve out the remaining term of former Justice Deborah Cook, he will seek election to a full six-year term of his own.


Five appeals court judges from across the state have met with Republican officials to discuss seeking the party nomination to challenge for a second court seat now held by incumbent Democrat Justice Alice Resnick.


Justice Resnick, convicted of drunken driving and handed a public reprimand last year, has not announced whether she will run for re-election.


No Republicans have declared for the seat, but five have talked with party officials. They are Judges Susan Brown, 10th District, Columbus; Michael Corrigan, 8th District, Cleveland; Bob Cupp, 3rd District, Lima; Mary DeGenaro, 7th District, Youngstown; and Stephen Powell, 12th District, Middletown.


John McClelland, state GOP press secretary, said the party will endorse a candidate, likely at a meeting of the state central and executive committee expected to be held before the end of January.


"We have asked all of our committee members to save every Friday from now through the end of the month," Mr. McClelland said.


Two Democrats have declared their intention to seek the party nomination to oppose Justice O'Donnell. Common Pleas Judge A.J. Wagner of Dayton and Judge William O'Neill of the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals announced for the race last year.


Brian Rothenberg, state Democratic Party spokesman, said no decision has been made about issuing an endorsement. "What Chairman (Chris) Redfern has indicated is at some point there will be a committee of the executive committee that will meet to make a recommendation one way or the other on endorsing," he said.


Should Justice Resnick decide against seeking another term, Judge Peter Sikora of Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court said he would enter the race in an attempt to succeed her. Judge Sikora was a Democratic Party nominee for the Supreme Court in 1996, losing to former Republican Justice Andrew Douglas.


Political control of the court is not at stake in this year's elections. Republicans hold a 6-1 edge, and only one GOP seat is in play.


Jeff Longstreth

Jeff Longstreth

Executive Director

Ohio Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse



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