By RYAN DUNN
Two Ohio Democrats hoping to unseat incumbents outlined their campaigns on Thursday for area voters.
Judge John O’Donnell described his run for the Ohio Supreme Court as a push to increase judicial independence. Congressional candidate Bob Fry discussed the dangers of powerful corporations solely seeking profits.
Both spoke to party members gathered at the Hancock County Democrats’ summer dinner, held at the Jones Mansion on East Sandusky Street in Findlay.
The Ohio Supreme Court must be willing to provide checks and balances when necessary, said O’Donnell, a judge for Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
“To me, the other branches of government are certainly entitled to deference, but you have to call them on it when they do something wrong,” O’Donnell said.
O’Donnell said his opponent, Republican Justice Judith French, has not been as willing to rebuke other branches.
He cited a high court decision involving an Akron bartender charged with selling alcohol to a minor.
The prosecutor failed to prove the basic element that the item was a beer. He then successfully asked the trial judge to tell the jury to assume it was a beer, O’Donnell said.
A majority of Ohio Supreme Court justices ruled the prosecutor was unprepared to prove the charge and said the defendant cannot be retried due to double jeopardy, O’Donnell said.
French dissented, he said.
“And this from a justice who, nominally at least, talks about adherence to the Constitution,” O’Donnell said.
Congressional candidate Fry similarly said he is running against Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, to better represent the district.
“We have some major problems in this country. We have some major problems in this district, and we’re not being represented,” Fry said.
Multinational corporations are heaping money on their preferred candidates, he said.
These companies do business with other countries and lack loyalty, Fry said.
The rush for profits means continually reduced American wages and benefits, he said.
Companies then open factories internationally to exploit cheap labor, Fry said.
Democrats can win with a large turnout in November, he said.
“Get your Democratic Party here that voted in the last election to show up and vote, and we can win Hancock County. We win Hancock County, we’re well on our way,” he said.
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