COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Commission on Judicial Candidates released its ratings for the 2018 General Election Tuesday, with Judges Melody J. Stewart and Michael P. Donnelly pulling in higher ratings than their respective opponents in the two races for Ohio Supreme Court.
Judge Stewart earned the highest rating among all the candidates with a score of 29 out of a possible 30.
“Judges Stewart and Donnelly are consummate professionals who are committed to fighting for Ohio families, preserving, protecting and defending the Ohio Constitution and ensuring equal justice under the law for all,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “We are proud of the recognition they received today from the Ohio State Bar Association’s Commission comprised of lawyers from all across the state.”
From the OSBA:
Judge Melody Stewart was rated Highly Recommended, with a score of 29.
Justice Mary DeGenaro was rated Highly Recommended, with a score of 27.
Judge Michael Donnelly was rated Highly Recommended, with a score of 26.
Judge Craig Baldwin was rated Highly Recommended, with a score of 25.
The 24-member, bipartisan panel scored each candidate according to their legal knowledge and ability, professional competence, judicial temperament, integrity and diligence, personal responsibility, as well as their public and community service, the OSBA said.
According to the OSBA, scores were informed by an independent evaluation of the candidates by the Commission, including a written questionnaire and resume, as well as a review of each candidates’ decisions, writings, publications, letters of reference, docket reports, financial disclosure statements and other public records. Lawyers, judges and other citizens familiar with each candidate’s reputation, past performance and qualifications were consulted as part of the vetting, the OSBA said, and finally, each candidate was interviewed individually by the Commission.