COLUMBUS ⎯⎯ The Ohio AFL-CIO, representing more than 500,000 workers from 40 affiliated international unions in the public, private and federal sectors of employment, have endorsed Appellate Court Judge Cynthia Rice and Common Pleas Court Judge John O’Donnell for the Ohio Supreme Court citing their extensive and exemplary record of judicial service to Ohioans.
“Judges Rice and O’Donnell earned our endorsement because of their commitment on the bench to stand up for Ohioans on the issues that matter most to working people,” said Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga. “They both understand the challenges that our families are facing, and they will act as fair jurists on all matters that come before the court, especially ones related to workers’ rights and economic justice.”
“Ohio’s working men and women serve as the backbone of this state’s economy and our middle class,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “They 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. They will have exactly that in Judges Rice and O’Donnell.”
Judge Rice has a long-standing history with Ohio’s labor community. In her early years, she worked on a factory line during the summer as a member of the UAW and IBEW to pay for college and law school.
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.