Ex-judge in Warren wins bid for Supreme Court

Associated Press


A former veteran state appeals court judge won the Democratic nomination for Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday, setting himself up for a third run for the state’s high court.

William O’Neill, 64, of Chagrin Falls defeated Hamilton County Municipal Judge Fanon Rucker in the primary election.

O’Neill had resigned from the Warren-based 11th District Court of Appeals after serving for a decade ending in 2007, and he had made two unsuccessful tries for the Supreme Court. He will face Justice Robert Cupp in the fall.

O’Neill started the race on the defensive, filing a legal challenge contesting the state’s initial determination that he did not have enough signatures to get on the ballot. Secretary of State Jon Husted reviewed O’Neill’s filings after the legal challenge and determined enough signatures were potentially viable to warrant giving O’Neill a ballot position.

Last week, O’Neill faced another hurdle. After an election complaint, a Hamilton County judicial panel said O’Neill had violated the judicial code of conduct by implying to voters he was still on the bench. He pledged to revise statements made on his website.

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