Supreme Court candidate at fair 9/29/16

Ohio Supreme Court candidate Pat DeWine visited the Brown County Fair on Tuesday.

Dewine currently serves on the First District Court of Appeals in Hamilton County.

“I’ve been a judge on the court of appeals and prior to that served as a common pleas judge.  I have a strong belief that the role of the courts is to apply the laws as written, not to legislate from the bench,” Dewine said in an interview with The Brown County Press.

“I’m the only person running that has been both a trial judge and on the court of appeals, so I understand how things really work in the trial courts and how the decisions that the supreme court makes affect the safety of our communities.”

DeWine said that the decisions made on the Ohio Supreme Court can affect every citizen in the state.
“In Ohio, we have our own independent constitution, and that guarantees certain rights to Ohio citizens.

It’s important that we have an Ohio Supreme Court comprised of justices who respect the rule of law and who stick to the constitution,” DeWine said.

He added that he also has public service experience from off the bench as well.

“In addition, I have served as a Hamilton County Commissioner and on the Cincinnati City Council, so I understand how the decisions of the supreme court affect other branches of government,” Dewine said.

DeWine is opposed by Judge Cynthia Rice, who currently serves as an Appellate Court Judge for the Eleventh District Court of Appeals.

DeWine visits SSU 9/28/16

Judge Pat DeWine, candidate for the Ohio Supreme Court 2016 election, made a trip to Shawnee State University on Monday to speak with a group of students about his campaign.

“We are in town today to talk with a group of Shawnee State University students about the race, and we wanted to stop in The Daily Times while we were here,” DeWine said. “My judicial philosophy is that I’m a Constitutional Conservative. I believe in applying the law as it is written, not legislating from the bench. I believe that by doing that we achieve fairness, because we apply the same rules to everyone. Right now I am a judge on the 1st District Court Appeals in Cincinnati. I am the only person running for the Ohio Supreme Court that has been both an Appellate judge, which I am now, and also a judge on the Court of Common Pleas which I did before I was on the Court of Appeals.”

In addition to his extensive work in the court system, DeWine is also a professor at University of Cincinnati Law School, and teaches undergraduates at University of Cincinnati. He has also practiced law at one of Cincinnati’s largest law firms for 13 years,

“I have also served as Hamilton County Commissioner, and have served on Cincinnati City Council, so I understand how the decisions the court makes affect the real lives of people in our communities,” he said. “It is important that we have a stable, predictable court system because that allows the economy in Ohio to prosper, it allows people to create jobs and also make sure that people are safe in their communities.”

He said he possesses qualities that set him apart, experience being the first.

“There are a number of things, I think that set me apart, one is experience. The fact that I have been not only an Appeals Court Judge, but also on the Trial Court, so I understand how things really work at the trial level, and all of what the Supreme Court does is review the decisions of the Trial Court judges,” he said. “But beyond that, the experience of having served on a city council, having been County Commissioner, allows me to understand a broader perspective of how the decisions the courts make affect our community.”

The drug epidemic is an issue that DeWine said he is really concerned about.

“That is an issue that I am very concerned about. When I was on the Common Pleas Court, I saw so many people who might have been in front of me for burglary, or some other crime, but really at the root of it was that they had become addicted to some form of opiates, heroin or some type of pills,” he said. “One of the most rewarding things when I was on Court of Common Pleas was being through probation to get those folks into treatment, and sometimes it worked and sometimes unfortunately, it didn’t. It depended upon the person, and how much they wanted help. I spent a lot of time over the past few years looking at what worked and what didn’t. I was in Hocking County last week where they have a Vivitrol Court that’s funded by the Ohio Supreme Court. It is a pilot program, giving these folks Vivitrol but also other services to deal with their addiction while the Vivitrol reduces their cravings for heroin. I was there just to see how that worked, and to talk with the people on the program, and see what they thought about it.”

DeWine is an Ohio native, the oldest of eight children making him a people-centered person.

“I grew up the oldest of eight kids in a small town in south west, Ohio, and I think that I understand this area of the state, he said. “My wife and I have five children, five teenagers, actually, so I have spent a lot of time actually in Portsmouth over the years. I am someone who will be fair, and will make sure that everyone that comes before the court is treated fairly. I call myself a Constitutional Conservative because I believe very strongly in the principles of our Constitution, and that our courts should not stray from those principles.”

Even though there is so much emphasis on the race for the Presidential office, he said the Ohio Supreme Court race is also extremely important.

“This is an important race, and people are thinking a lot about the Presidential race and the Senate race with good reason, he said. “But we are also going to elect two new Justices in Ohio, so it is important that we elect people who are experienced, and I believe people who have Constitutional principles.”

DeWine visits SSU


Judge DeWine visits Sidney 9/20/16

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SIDNEY — Judge Pat DeWine attended a breakfast Monday morning at the Shelby County area National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) to talk to local business owners about the upcoming race.

DeWine, 48, is running for the open six-year term justice seat on the Ohio Supreme Court at the polls on Nov. 8. He is hoping to replace retiring Justice Paul Pfeifer, who cannot run again due to age restrictions.

“It was great. It was a good chance to talk to local business owners about the race and hear about what issues are important to them, particularly from the litigation court standpoint,” said DeWine about the breakfast at the NFIB.

Currently, DeWine serves on the First District Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati, and is a professor of appellate litigation at the University of Cincinnati. He served as a judge on the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, was a Hamilton Board commissioner, a Cincinnati City Council member and practiced law with a large Cincinnati firm for 13 years. He had also been selected to sit by designation on the Ohio Supreme Court.

Philosophy and experience are why DeWine feels he is the best choice for the open justice seat.

“I have a judicial philosophy of being a constitutional conservative, and I believe the best place I can apply that philosophy is on the Ohio Supreme Court. It’s the court of last resort in Ohio, which means that it’s the final word for all Ohio state courts,”DeWine said.

“From an experience stand point, I am the only person running who has been both a trial court judge and a judge on the Court of Appeals,” said DeWine.

When asked how a judge should run the court, DeWine said, “I think a judge should be respectful of the people who are in front of him, as well as other judges, at the same time, it is the judge’s job to maintain order and decorum in the court room.”

“I believe judges should not legislate from the bench, but should apply the law as it is written,” DeWine said.

“I grew up working in my grandfather’s seed business and working on the family farm, so I learned early-on the value of hard work,” said DeWine about his background of growing up in the small farming community of Cedarville, Ohio.

DeWine and his wife Rhonda reside in Cincinnati and are the parents of five children. He also is the son of Ohio’s Attorney General Mike DeWine.

“I am the father of five teenagers, so I tell people I have lots of experience at adjudicating disputes that I’ll bring to the Ohio Supreme Court,” said DeWine with a chuckle.

ENDORSEMENT: Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association 9/19/16

Judge Pat DeWine is honored to have received the official endorsement of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association! They join the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters, Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association, and the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association in recently endorsing Pat DeWine for Supreme Court.

ENDORSEMENT: Cleveland American Middle East Organization 9/18/16

Another endorsement! Judge Pat DeWine is honored to have received the official endorsement of the Cleveland American Middle East Organization! With this, Pat has endorsements from over twenty large organizations that include the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters, Northwest Ohio Building Trades, the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio State Medical Association, and the NFIB!

Judge DeWine visits Darke County

DeWine seeks Ohio Supreme Court seat

GREENVILLE — Judge Pat DeWine was in Greenville Saturday to meet with local Republicans and help open the Darke County GOP headquarters.

DeWine currently serves on the First District Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati. His previous experience includes time as judge on the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, on the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners, and on the Cincinnati City Council. He has also practiced private law.

He is the oldest son of eight children to current Ohio Attorney General and former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine. He and his wife Rhonda live in Cincinnati where they are the proud parents of five children.

DeWine, 48, hopes to gain support for his November 8 bid for a six-year term as a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court.

“I’m someone who’s a constitutional conservative, who believes judges ought to apply the laws as written, not legislate from the bench,” he told The Daily Advocate. “If you believe that, the place where you make the biggest difference in Ohio, is the Ohio Supreme Court, because that’s the court of last resort, the court that sets the precedents for the other courts in Ohio.”

“No one running for the [Ohio] Supreme Court has broader experience than I do, having been both a trial and appellate judge,” he explained.

DeWine’s opponent in the race is Democrat Cynthia Westcott Rice, Appellate Court Judge for the Eleventh District Court of Appeals. The two are seeking to replace retiring Justice Paul Pfeifer, prevented from running again due to age limitations.

The Ohio State Bar Association’s Commission on Judicial Candidates voted Rice as “highly recommended,” while giving DeWine a “not recommended” rating.

In response to the commission’s rating, DeWine told The Lima News, “I believe that [the OSBA rating] was completely political. I think you just simply have to take a look at my résumé. I rate myself highly on those topics.”

A second open seat on the Ohio Supreme Court is being contested by Republican Pat Fischer and Democrat John P. O’Donnell.

Though seeking to be a new voice on the highest court in the state, DeWine says he has no major complaints with the performance of the court, of late.

“I think the court has done a pretty decent job in the last few years, not legislating from the bench, but that hasn’t always been the case,” he said. “With the changes that are coming with these open seats, it could easily go back to having a much more activist court.”

“My opponent says she believes in a ‘living constitution,’ which basically means that judges pick and choose as they please,” he added.

When asked to describe what temperament is needed to be a judge, DeWine said, “I think a judge needs to be someone who treats everyone with respect. The judge also needs to be someone who makes sure that his or her courtroom is run properly. There’s certain things you’re not going to tolerate in a courtroom, a certain level of decorum. I think a judge has to do both those things.”

DeWine hopes his campaign will appeal both to Republican and non-Republican voters alike.

“What I tell people is that if you have my philosophy of sticking to the constitution and law as it’s written, that’s really the only way that you achieve fairness and justice,” he said. “If you do that, you’re applying the same rules to everyone. And I think that’s what people want from the court — just to apply the same rules to everyone. If you have an activist judge who changes the rules based upon the situation, that means that not everyone is getting treated the same way in our courts.”

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Ohio Supreme Court candidate Cynthia Rice missed deadlines for campaign finance reports 9/13/16

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Ohio Supreme Court nominee Cynthia Rice’s campaign filed two required campaign finance reports with the state on Tuesday, several weeks after they were due.

Rice’s campaign won’t face penalties for the delay in submitting the campaign finance reports for July and August, according to the Ohio secretary of state’s office. Every candidate for statewide office in Ohio must report their campaign contributions for July, August, and September within three days of the end of each month, respectively.

Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Kirstin Alvanitakis said that thanks to a change in campaign personnel, Rice’s campaign wasn’t aware of the issue until a few days ago. Alvanitakis said she didn’t know more details about the change or why that caused the campaign to delay submitting the information.

Husted spokesman Josh Eck said Rice’s campaign won’t be penalized for the delay, as it’s standard procedure for the secretary of state’s office to give campaigns a final chance to submit late reports to avoid referring them to the Ohio Elections Commission for possible discipline.

The reports themselves are hardly salacious: they show that Rice received $40,505 in contributions in August and ended that month with $216,552 on hand. Her July report shows no contributions, though an earlier campaign finance report, submitted July 29, lists $62,400 in donations between July 1 and July 28.

Even though candidates aren’t required to list campaign expenses in these monthly reports, Rice’s campaign reported spending $17,563 in July and $20,978 in August.

Rice, who serves on Ohio’s 11th District Court of Appeals, was asked about the missing reports Tuesday during an endorsement interview with the editorial board of and The Plain Dealer.

Rice initially said “there’s no need to” send in the reports, noting she submitted a campaign finance report on time for the first half of 2016.

When Pat DeWine, her GOP opponent who also attended the interview, said the law requires monthly filings, Rice said, “I’ll check on that. My accountants would be mortified [if they weren’t filed properly].”

Rice and DeWine are running to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer, a Republican.

ENDORSEMENT: Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association 9/8/16

The endorsements just keep rolling in! Judge Pat DeWine is honored to have received the official endorsement of the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association! The OPBA represents more than 7,000 law enforcement officers from 241 departments across Ohio. With this, Pat has endorsements from over a dozen large organizations that include the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters and the Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association. Judge DeWine understands the difficult job confronted by law enforcement, and he is honored to have their support.

ENDORSEMENT: Toledo Construction 9/8/16

Another day, another endorsement! Judge Pat DeWine is honored to have received the official endorsement of the Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades! With this, Pat has endorsements from nearly twenty large organizations that include the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters the Greater Cleveland Building Trades, the Tri-State Building Trades, the International Union of Operating Engineers, and the Ohio Laborers’ District Council.