Judges compete in GOP primary for Ohio Supreme Court seat


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Republican judges running for the Ohio Supreme Court will compete in the March 15 primary ahead of the fall election.

The winner of that race will then compete for an open court seat against Democratic Judge John P. O’Donnell, a Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Common Pleas Court judge and a former private attorney and insurance adjustor.

In the Republican primary, GOP candidate Pat Fischer is a judge on the 1st Ohio District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati and a former private attorney.

His opponent is Republican Judge Colleen O’Toole of the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals in Warren. She’s a former public defender and private attorney.

The Ohio State Bar Association in its annual ratings listed Fischer as highly recommended and O’Toole as not recommended.