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March 7, 2012
Judicial Primary Election Winners Move on to November

A former northeast Ohio appeals court judge will be on the general election ballot in November as a candidate for the Ohio Supreme Court, according to complete but unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office and Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections.

Former Eleventh District Court of Appeals Judge William O’Neill defeated Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Fanon A. Rucker in the Democratic primary in Tuesday’s primary election. O’Neill will face incumbent Justice Robert R. Cupp on November 6. He has run twice before on the statewide ballot for the Ohio Supreme Court.

Ohio voters cast ballots in 140 judicial races with only 22 of them contested in the primary among judgeships for the Ohio Supreme Court, district courts of appeals and county common pleas courts.

Of those contested primaries, only three incumbent judges were defeated. They include:

Three incumbent Ohio Supreme Court Justices – Terrence O’Donnell, Yvette McGee Brown and Cupp – were on the primary ballot, although none had an opponent in the primary.

As for the state’s appeals courts, there were 23 judgeships on the ballot with 6 of those contested races in the primary. Voters elected candidates in 114 common pleas judge races with 15 of these contested. County court judges don’t run in primary elections.

Judicial elections for the Ohio Supreme Court, appeals courts, common pleas courts and county courts occur in even-numbered years while elections for municipal courts occur in odd-numbered years. All judges in Ohio are elected to six-year terms.

Ohio Supreme Court staff members assemble the election results from the local county boards of elections for administrative purposes and to communicate with new judges about payroll, benefits and other information.

View the list of primary winners in all the judicial races.