The Ohio Republican Party has endorsed two Hamilton County judges – Patrick DeWine and Patrick Fischer – for two seats on the Ohio Supreme Court that will be open next year.
Fischer and DeWine - both members of the Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals - will be running for the seats of incumbent Republicans Judith Ann Lanzinger and Paul Pfeifer, who can’t run for re-election because of Ohio’s judicial age limit law.
The Ohio Republican Party has also endorsed the court’s chief justice, Maureen O’Connor, for re-election.
DeWine has been on the appeals court since 2013. He was previously a Hamilton County Pleas Court judge, a Hamilton County commissioner and a Cincinnati city council member.
Fischer was appointed to the court in 2010 and then elected on his own two years later. Previously, he was practicing attorney and is a former president of the Cincinnati Bar Association.