Columbus – This morning, the National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio (NFIB/Ohio) announced its endorsement of Judge Pat DeWine in his campaign for the Ohio Supreme Court. In making the announcement, Roger R. Geiger, NFIB/Ohio’s Vice President & Executive Director, noted Judge DeWine’s strong record of fairness and impartiality, and stated that DeWine’s “philosophy of judicial restraint lends itself to a stable and predictable legal environment in Ohio.”
Speaking about the endorsement, Judge DeWine said, “I am honored to receive the endorsement of NFIB/Ohio, and very pleased they have recognized my commitment to a judiciary that is stable, predictable, fair and restrained. NFIB/Ohio is the leading advocate in helping small businesses open and grow in our state, and I am very grateful for their support.”
The National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio joins a growing number of groups, including the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio State Medical Association, that have endorsed Judge DeWine.
Small Business Endorses O’Connor, DeWine & Fischer in Supreme Court Races
COLUMBUS, June 6, 2016 – The National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio (NFIB/Ohio), the state’s leading small business association, today announced its endorsement of Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor for re-election and Judges Pat DeWine and Pat Fischer, who are seeking election to the Ohio Supreme Court. These three endorsements today come from the NFIB/Ohio SAFE Trust, the organization’s political action committee.
O’Connor’s wealth of experience and a distinguished career of public service make her well-suited to the office of chief justice. During her tenure on Ohio’s Supreme Court, the past six years as chief justice, she has demonstrated her knowledge of the law and been a model of judicial restraint and blind justice during her time on the court.
“Chief Justice O’Connor’s commitment to public service and dedication to the state of Ohio has been exemplary,” said Roger R. Geiger, vice president/executive director of NFIB/Ohio. “Chief Justice O’Connor truly understands the importance of judicial stability to our state’s economy. Under her leadership, the Ohio Supreme Court continues in a steadfast, even-handed and predictable manner.”
“I’m honored to receive the support of the NFIB. The National Federation of Independent Business has consistently supported me since I first ran for the Court in 2002. The organization prides itself on the representation of the interests of small businesses. Consistent with their mission is involvement in the selection process of this states’ judiciary. By educating their membership about candidates the NFIB makes certain that their members are informed when they vote. This is vitally important to the state and every community within it,” said Chief Justice O’Connor.
Two additional judges, Pat DeWine, and Pat Fischer will bring strong constitutional backgrounds and years of legal knowledge and experience to the Ohio Supreme Court. Both have a well-rounded career of practicing law on both sides of the bench for over 20 years.
“We are proud to support Judges DeWine and Fischer in their election campaigns for the Ohio Supreme Court,” said Geiger. “They bring a wealth of judicial experience combined with strong records of fairness and impartiality. Their philosophy of judicial restraint lends itself to a stable and predictable legal environment in Ohio. Both will be excellent additions to the Ohio Supreme Court.”
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of NFIB/Ohio, and very pleased they have recognized my commitment to a judiciary that is stable, predictable, fair and restrained,” said Judge DeWine. “NFIB/Ohio is the leading advocate in helping small businesses open and grow in our state, and I am very grateful for their support.”
“I am honored to have the NFIB/Ohio endorsement. Small business is the backbone of our economy and having the support of Ohio’s leading small business association is something of which I am truly proud,” said Judge Fischer.
For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges andmpriorities. More information is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.