CCS Client Wins Statewide Primary

CCS Client Judge Pat Fischer won his primary for the Ohio Supreme Court and moves on to November.

Columbus Dispatch

Republican Pat Fischer, a judge on the state appeals court in Cincinnati, won his party's nomination for a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court today. Fischer defeated Colleen O'Toole, an appellate judge from the Warren area by a 54 to 46 margin with about three-fourths of Ohio precincts reporting, according to unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State. Both candidates were making their first runs for statewide office but Fischer, 58, benefited from a significant financial advantage and the endorsement of the Ohio Republican Party. Fischer will face Democratic Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John P. O’Donnell in the Nov. 8 general election to replace Republican Justice Paul E. Pfeifer, who will step down after reaching the mandatory judicial retirement age of 70. O'Donnell had no opponent in the Democratic primary. Fischer has served on the 1st District Court of Appeals since 2010 and describes himself as a conservative who does not believe in legislating from the bench. He raised nearly $300,000 for his campaign — nearly 14 times as much as O'Toole — and has about $86,000 in his campaign coffers heading into the November election, according to finance reports filed with the Ohio Secretary of State. In the two other races for the Ohio Supreme Court in November, appellate judges Pat DeWine, a Republican, and Cynthia Rice, a Democrat, are vying to replace Republican Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger, who turns 70 in April and also faces mandatory retirement after two terms on the bench. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor is unopposed in her bid for re-election. None faced primary challengers. The seven Supreme Court justices serve six-year terms. The chief justice is paid $158,400 a year and six justices get $148,700 annually.

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