Appellate Court Judge Melody J. Stewart and Common Pleas Court Judge Michael P. Donnelly Running for Ohio’s Highest Court
COLUMBUS — Ohio Democrats have two top-notch candidates for state Supreme Court in 2018, with Appellate Court Judge Melody J. Stewart and Common Pleas Court Judge Michael P. Donnelly filing their petitions today to run for Ohio’s highest court.
“It’s time to take politics out of the Ohio Supreme Court, restore balance and elect justices who understand Ohioans’ real lives and economic challenges,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “The Court needs the best and most capable jurists, and Judge Melody Stewart and Judge Michael Donnelly bring extensive experience — both in the courtroom and in the community — to the bench.”
Elected to the Ohio Court of Appeals’ Eighth Appellate District in 2006 and twice re-elected, Judge Stewart has more than 30 years of combined administrative, legal and academic experience in a number of private and public settings. She has been an administrator for a health care management company, a music teacher, a civil defense litigator and a law school administrator and professor. Judge Stewart has also served as a visiting justice on the Ohio Supreme Court.
Judge Stewart has served on many boards of trustees and been a member of various professional, educational, civic and community organizations. She also served as a commissioner and chair of the Board of Planning and Zoning for the city of Euclid. Recently Judge Stewart served as a member of the Ohio Criminal Justice Recodification Committee. She is currently a member of the board of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Judicial College and is chair of the Ohio Capital Case Attorney Fee Council.
Judge Donnelly has served on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas since 2005 and ran unopposed for re-election in 2016. After being admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1992, Judge Donnelly served for five years as an Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor. He worked in private practice for seven years before his election to the Common Pleas bench. Judge Donnelly was appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to the Commission on Professionalism from 2007-2012 and was its chair during his last year of service. He serves on the Ohio State Board of Bar Examiners and on the Ohio Jury Instructions Committee. He was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court Death Penalty Task Force in 2013.
Judge Donnelly serves on the board of the Cleveland Baseball Federation, one of Cleveland’s oldest charitable organizations, which helps the inner city boys and girls of Cleveland play baseball and softball in the summer at no charge. He has also been involved with the newly opened Western Reserve Fire Museum, which protects the history of Cleveland area’s fire safety forces and educates children about fire safety.