COLUMBUS, Ohio - Thirteen judges and lawyers are vying for an appointment to the Ohio Supreme Court by Gov. John Kasich, his office announced Monday.
Kasich, a Republican, has until the end of the year to replace retiring Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton. She announced her intention this spring to vacate the seat two years before her term expires.
Absent from the list Kasich's office released were the two incumbents who lost their high-court seats in November: Republican Robert Cupp and Democrat Yvette McGee Brown.
Cupp had cited the impact on rulings coming yet this year as a reason for not applying. A spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party said McGee Brown also had opted not to apply. A message was left for her seeking comment.
Among applicants are three Common Pleas judges, Craig Baldwin, Pat DeWine and Victor Haddad of Licking, Hamilton and Clermont counties, respectively.
Five appellate judges also applied, including Ohio State Bar Association president Patrick Fischer, of the 1st District Court of Appeals in Hamilton County.
The other appellate judges who submitted their names were Mary Donovan of the 2nd District, Judith French of the 10th District, Matthew McFarland of the 4th District, and Robert Paul Ringland of the 12th District.
The list was rounded out by a municipal court judge, Joyce Campbell of Fairfield, and four lawyers either currently or formerly in private practice. They were Thomas Coffey, senior counsel at Tucker Ellis & West in Cleveland; Douglas Cole, founding partner of Organ Cole & Stock in Columbus; Charles M. Miller, a partner at Keating Muething & Klekamp of Cincinnati; and James W. Satola, the Federal Bar Association's circuit vice president of the 6th Circuit.
Following Election Day, the high court was populated with six Republicans and one Democrat. McGee Brown, the high court's lone Democrat, lost her election bid to Republican Sharon Kennedy. Cupp lost his bid to former appellate judge Bill O'Neill, a Democrat.
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