Democrats win Supreme Court; Republicans Appeals Court


By Sarah Hawley - shawley@aimmediamidwest.com



OHIO VALLEY — A pair of Democrats were elected to the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday, while two Republicans claimed victory in the 4th District Court of Appeals races.

According to unofficial vote totals provided through the Ohio Secretary of State website, Michael P. Donnelly and Melody J. Stewart were elected to the seats.

Donnelly faced Republican Craig Baldwin for the term commencing on Jan. 1, 2019. Stewart faced Republican Mary DeGenaro for the term commencing Jan. 2, 2019

Donnelly received more than 2 million votes, winning by a margin of 61 percent to 39 percent.

The race between Stewart and DeGenaro was closer, with Stewart winning by a margin of 52.51 percent to 47.49 percent.

In the Fourth District Court of Appeals races, Republicans Jason P. Smith and Mike Hess were the winners.

Smith defeated incumbent Marie Hoover by more than 9,000 votes, a margin of 52.88 percent to 47.12 percent. This is for the term commencing on Feb. 9, 2019.

For the term commencing on Feb. 10, 2019, Hess defeated Valarie Gerlach by more than 30,000 votes, a margin of 61.22 percent to 38.78 percent. The seat is currently held by Judge Williams Harsha who was not eligible to seek another term.

State-wide unofficial results

Supreme Court, term commencing Jan. 1, 2019 — Craig Baldwin: 1,352,859; Michael P. Donnelly: 2,116,136;

Supreme Court, term commencing Jan. 2, 2019 — Mary DeGenaro: 1,630,977; Melody J. Stewart: 1,803,277;

Fourth District Court of Appeals, term commencing Feb. 9, 2019 — Marie Hoover: 75,930; Jason P. Smith: 85,219;

Fourth District Court of Appeals, term commencing Feb. 10, 2019 — Valarie K. Gerlach: 63,420; Mike Hess: 100,133.

How Meigs County voted:

Supreme Court, term commencing Jan. 1, 2019 — Craig Baldwin: 2,560; Michael P. Donnelly: 3,178;

Supreme Court, term commencing Jan. 2, 2019 — Mary DeGenaro: 2,471; Melody J. Stewart: 3,270;

Fourth District Court of Appeals, term commencing Feb. 9, 2019 — Marie Hoover: 2,486; Jason P. Smith: 3,273;

Fourth District Court of Appeals, term commencing Feb. 10, 2019 — Valarie K. Gerlach: 2,207; Mike Hess: 3,689.

How Gallia County voted:

Supreme Court, term commencing Jan. 1, 2019 — Craig Baldwin: 3,345; Michael P. Donnelly: 4,186;

Supreme Court, term commencing Jan. 2, 2019 — Mary DeGenaro: 3,614; Melody J. Stewart: 3,906;

Fourth District Court of Appeals, term commencing Feb. 9, 2019 — Marie Hoover: 2,472; Jason P. Smith: 5,236;

Fourth District Court of Appeals, term commencing Feb. 10, 2019 — Valarie K. Gerlach: 2,466; Mike Hess: 5,325.

Editor’s Note: Results are unofficial pending the official vote counts to be held in approximately two weeks in each of Ohio’s 88 counties.

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By Sarah Hawley

shawley@aimmediamidwest.com