“Judge: Take politics out of our races”

Cincinnati Enquirer:

Should Ohio judicial elections go entirely nonpartisan on the ballot? Should Ohio switch to some nonpartisan process to help governors fill judicial vacancies, and should those appointments require state Senate confirmation?

In a Cleveland appearance Thursday before the Ohio State Bar Association, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor put eight topics on the table for discussion that she hopes will lead to judicial election reform by year’s end.

The plan skirts the political hot-potato of replacing elections with a form of merit appointment process.

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