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Justice - Ohio Supreme Court - Comm. 1-1-19

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    Craig Baldwin

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    Michael P. Donnelly

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Campaign Phone (614) 306-3971
Age 55
YouTube Judge Craig Baldwin
City/town Newark, Ohio
Education/Degrees Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio. Juris Doctor, 1992 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1986
Community Involvement Board Member, Licking Memorial Hospital. 2011 to present. Board Member, Hospice of Central Ohio. 2001-2009. Board Member, Mental Health of America. 2007-2011. Clerk of Session, Granville Presbyterian Church. 2008-2011. Board Member, Licking County YMCA. 2007-2016.
Endorsements Ohio Chamber of Commerce. National Federation of Independant Business, Ohio. Ohio Manufacturers Association. Ohio State Medical Association. Buckeye Firearms Association. The Ohio Association of CPAs. Affiliated Construction Trades. Ohio Right to Life. Ohio Farm Bureau.
I believe in our democracy and in our constitution. I have great respect for our legal system. During my time on the bench I have considered it a privilege to participate in our system as a judge. I hope to be elected as an Ohio Supreme Court Justice so I can work to ensure the system works for all according to our constitutional principles. I have strong feelings about how the participants in the system should be treated. Every person who enters a courthouse should be treated with dignity and respect as citizens in their courthouse. I believe that judges should issue fair decisions and that those decisions should be timely. Judge should merely interpret the law, only applying the law to the case and facts before them and not legislating from the bench. These are the values and principles I lived by as a common pleas judge, as an appellate judge, as a visiting judge on the Ohio Supreme Court and those are the principles I will live by as an Ohio Supreme Court Justice.
I believe that the width and breadth of my professional and legal experience make me the strongest candidate for the Ohio Supreme Court. My time as a practicing attorney provided me with a solid background for a successful judicial career. I represented a wide variety of clients in both the civil and criminal areas doing both trail and appellate work. I attended law school at night and worked full time during the day. I worked during law school for the Franklin County Clerk of Courts and for the Ohio Public Defender’s office. In 2004 I was elected to the Licking County Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations bench. I was reelected in 2010. In March of 2013 I was appointed to the Ohio Fifth District Court of Appeals where I have been elected twice. I have been a visiting common pleas judge in 6 counties and a visiting appellate judge in 5 districts. I have also been a visiting judge in the Ohio Supreme Court.
Campaign Phone (216) 325-0920
Age 52
Education/Degrees I am a 1984 graduate of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. I graduated with a B.A. from John Carroll University (1988) and received my law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law (1991).
Community Involvement Professionally, I have been or am involved in the following: The Judge John M. Manos American Inn of Court, 2007-present; Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association Board of Trustees; Currently serving as First Vice President; Scheduled to become President in 2020. The Ohio Supreme Court Commission of Professionalism; 2000-2012; Chairman; 2012. The Ohio State Board of Bar Examiners; 2014-present. The Ohio Jury Instruction Committee; 2013-present. The Ohio Supreme Court Death Penalty Task Force, 2013. From 2010-2017, I served as one of five judges on Cuyahoga County’s Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Court. This specialized docket oversees criminal cases that involve defendants who suffer from schizophrenia, schizophrenic disorder, or a developmental disability. I serve on the board of the Cleveland Baseball Federation, one of Cleveland’s oldest charitable organizations, which helps the inner-city boys and girls of Cleveland play baseball and softball in the summer at no charge. I have also been involved with the newly-opened Western Reserve Fire Museum, which protects the history of Cleveland-area’s fire-safety forces and educates children about fire safety.
Endorsements The Akron Beacon Journal; The Cleveland Plain Dealer; The Elyria Chronicle Telegraph; The Ohio Fraternal Order of Police (FOP); The Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association; The Ohio AFL-CIO; AFSCME Council 8; Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council; Equality Cincinnati PAC; Cleveland Stonewall Democrats; Columbus Fire Fighters Union Local #67, I.A.F.F; Franklin County Adelante Democrats; Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE); Ohio Education Association (OEA); Ohio Federation of Teachers; Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio. I am "Highly Recommended" by the Ohio State Bar Association, and, a coalition of Cleveland-area bar associations, gave me its highest-possible rating, calling me "a superior choice for this office."
Campaign Message Donnelly For Justice - For ALL of Us
I'm running for the opportunity and honor of doing the job of Associate Justice. I believe our justice system must constantly work to do better and I am asking voters for the chance to help elevate it.

From what I've seen in my courtroom, I believe that the public's trust in our justice system has been eroding. People fear our courts aren't focused on the fair application of the law and that being treated justly depends on your ability to pay or contribute to a political campaign.

I've worked hard in my court room and elsewhere to advance policies that would help improve our court system and rebuild public trust. But building greater trust in our court system requires systemic criminal and civil justice reform and that can only come from the Ohio Supreme Court.

As an Associate Justice, I look forward to the opportunity to work with all our justice system's stakeholders to restore and deepen the public’s trust and help guarantee that, in Ohio, justice is for ALL of us.
I have served as a Common Pleas Court Judge since 2005 and I am the only candidate for Ohio Supreme Court this election who is currently serving as a trial court judge. The majority of the cases the Supreme Court decides originate from the Common Pleas level. I have presided over thousands of cases where I make decisions about how the law should be applied in matters that are similar to most of the cases the Ohio Supreme Court hears.

I've been a Common Pleas Court Judge in Cuyahoga County since 2005. I was an Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor for 5 years and spent 7 years in private practice as a civil litigator, primarily representing injured workers.

I am first vice president of the Ohio Common Pleas Judge’s Association. I served on the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism and its Death Penalty Task Force.

Ohioans can count on me to push to improve our court system because I have done so throughout my career.
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