COLUMBUS — The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association has awarded “excellent” ratings to Appellate Court Judge Cynthia Rice and Common Pleas Court Judge John O’Donnell in their races for the Ohio Supreme Court.
“The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association is the largest in Ohio, and they have assessed Judge John O’Donnell and Judge Cynthia Rice as ‘excellent’ candidates for the state’s highest court,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “O’Donnell and Rice believe that the Ohio Supreme Court should be a place that is fair and impartial in upholding the constitutional rights of all Ohioans, not just the wealthy and well-connected. These ‘excellent’ ratings are further evidence that O’Donnell and Rice are the most qualified candidates for the Ohio Supreme Court.”
Rice’s opponent, Pat DeWine, was the only Supreme Court candidate not to receive an “excellent” rating from the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. DeWine also received a “not recommended” rating from the Ohio State Bar Association.
Judge Rice and Judge O’Donnell have received “highly recommended” and “recommended” ratings, respectively, from the Ohio State Bar Association and received endorsements from the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE), United Auto Workers (UAW), Ohio Democratic County Chairs Association and the Ohio Democratic Party.
Representing more than 5,500 members, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association unified the Cleveland Bar Association and the Cuyahoga County Bar Association, making the organization the largest legal community in Ohio. They rate candidates based on the criteria of integrity, judicial temperament, diligence, professional competence and community understanding.