Fischer winning GOP primary in race for Ohio Supreme Court

The only contested primary race for a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court saw Pat Fischer, a judge from the Cincinnati area, leading Cleveland-area judge Colleen O’Toole in a Republican primary Tuesday.

Fischer and O’Toole faced off in a Republican primary for the seat now held by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger. Lanzinger could not run for re-election because she has reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 for Ohio Supreme Court Justices.

Fischer is a judge for Ohio’s first district court of appeals and is from the Cincinnati area. O’Toole is a judge in the 11th District Court of Appeals, near Cleveland.

Democratic candidate John P. O’Donnell, a Cuyahoga County common pleas court judge, ran uncontested in the Democratic primary for Lanzinger’s seat. Voters will decide in November between the winner of the Fischer/O’Toole race and O’Donnell.

In the race for the other Ohio Supreme Court seat that will change this year, Democrat Cynthia Rice, an 11th District Court of Appeals judge from the Cleveland area, and Republican Pat DeWine, a 1st District Court of Appeals judge from Cincinnati, both ran unopposed in their primaries. Voters will decide between Rice and DeWine in November for a seat on the court now held by Justice Paul Pfeifer, who has reached the court’s mandatory retirement age of 70.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor ran unopposed in her Republican primary race for re-election and there is no Democratic candidate running against her in November.