OHIO VALLEY — Three Justices of the Ohio Supreme Court and two judges for the Fourth District Court of Appeals were elected as part of Tuesday’s general election.
Marie Hoover was elected to the Fourth District Court of Appeals defeating Leonard Holzapfel in the race for the term commencing on Feb. 9, 2013.
Hoover, a Portsmouth based attorney, received nearly 54 percent of the 180,622 votes cast in the district.
Holzapfel was slightly favored by Meigs County voters with 51.7 percent of the vote, while receiving nearly 59 percent of the Gallia County vote.
William Harsha was running unopposed for the term commencing on Feb. 10, 2013, a seat he currently holds.
Current Justice Terrence O’Donnell was reelected, while fellow incumbents Robert Cupp and Yvette McGee Brown were defeated in there bid to retain their respective seat on the court.
O’Donnell, who has served on the court since 2003, defeated challenger Michael Skindell nearly 70 percent to 30 percent. Statewide, O’Donnell received 2,715,916 votes of the 3,916,887 cast in the race.
O’Donnell’s next term will begin on Jan. 1, 2013.
William O’Neill defeated Cupp in the race for the term beginning Jan. 2, 2013. O’Neill received 52.31 percent of the almost 3.9 million votes cast in the race.
Cupp had served on the Supreme Court of Ohio since 2007.
In the race for the unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2014, Sharon L. Kennedy defeated Brown.Kennedy received 57.27 percent of the 3,972,633 votes cast in the race.
Brown was appointed to the court by then Governor Ted Strickland, and began serving in Jan. 2011.
Meigs County voters supported O’Donnell, Kennedy, and O’Neill in there respective races as did voters in Gallia County.
According to the Associated Press, both the Republican and Democratic parties felt opponents to the incumbents who were defeated benefited from “great ballot names.”
Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern said Wednesday he would introduce legislation following Brown’s defeat to require party affiliation to be listed on the ballot. Redfern is a newly re-elected state representative.
Redfern said Brown’s opponent, Sharon Kennedy, benefited from a “great ballot name” that prevailed even after $1.5 million spending favoring Brown.
Ohio Republican Chairman Bob Bennett felt the same was the case for former Judge Bill O’Neill, who defeated Republican Justice Robert Cupp.
Bennett said in his native Cuyahoga County, “We elect anybody with a good Irish-American name, even if they wind up going to jail later.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.