Welcome to Justice Jennifer Brunner's Campaign Website
Justice Jennifer Brunner is the 162nd Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. Her current term expires January 1, 2027. She seeks to be Ohio's 11th Chief Justice, a separate seat on the state's highest court. Justice Brunner was awarded the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2008 for her service to Ohio as its first female Secretary of State. Please join our campaign to help elect Justice Jennifer Brunner to lead Ohio's courts as Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.
Erica Voorhees is running in the November election for judge of the Ninth District Court of Appeals. She is currently a magistrate judicial attorney for Judge Kathryn Michael in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.
In this latest installment of Justice Jennifer Brunner’s “Achieving Justice” video series, Ms. Voorhees talks about the role of a magistrate, the importance of jury instructions in a trial, and the perspective she would bring to the job as a judge on the Ninth District Court of Appeals serving Lorain, Medina, Summit and Wayne counties.
Brunner Kicks Off 2022 ‘Achieving Justice’ Video Series, Interviews Jeff Saffold, Candidate for Judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Brunner today kicked off her 2022 "Achieving Justice" video series with an interview with Cleveland Attorney Jeff Saffold who is the Democratic nominee for Judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, General Division.
Watch the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5er6GTc3Zwo.
“Achieving Justice” is an interview series to educate individuals about Ohio's judicial system and the judges and candidates for judge who serve and wish to serve their state and community. Justice Brunner originally launched the series in 2020 and that year interviewed more than a dozen candidates from around Ohio.
“This is a great opportunity to share information about the judicial candidates so the public can learn more about their diverse experiences and perspectives,” Justice Brunner said. “Serving the people and the cause of justice is one of the most important callings in our democratic system, and I believe that the more information the public has about the courts, their judges, and judicial candidates, the stronger our system is.”
Justice Brunner is a candidate for Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court in 2022.
In her first interview of this series for the 2022 election, Mr. Saffold shares why he’s running for the court and how he would approach the job if elected in November.
Mr. Saffold has been a practicing attorney for more than 25 years in Cuyahoga County where he started as a county prosecutor before going into private practice. He has handled thousands of cases — primarily criminal but some civil — at the municipal, state and federal levels. He is a father of three children, and he and his wife helped create and run a program primarily for at-risk youth that has had as many as 400 participants at one time.
A recent Ohio Supreme Court decision reached by following existing law has prompted renewed focus on changing the state’s bail system for people accused of crimes who are subject to jail while awaiting trial.
Unfortunately, misinformation has been circulating about the decision that it “handcuffed Ohio judges and prevented them from considering public safety.” This isn’t true at all. If you’re interested in what the decision really says, read on.
May 12, 2022 (COLUMBUS) —The Matriots PAC today announced it has endorsed Ohio Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Brunner for Chief Justice in the November 8 election.
“Throughout her career Justice Brunner has demonstrated her commitment to all Ohioans and we are proud to support her candidacy,” said Emily Quick Schriver, Matriots CEO. “It is crucial that we work together to elect women who create an Ohio in which we can all prosper. The time to act is now.”
The Matriots PAC was founded in 2017 by Ohio women in response to the significant underrepresentation of women in Ohio politics. Just 29% of all elected offices in Ohio are held by women, according to The Matriots PAC.
"I am grateful for the endorsement of The Matriots, an organization that promotes women running for office and winning,” Justice Brunner said. “The Matriots is unique nationally for its nonpartisan approach to helping women rise to run for office from school board to the highest halls of justice in the State of Ohio. The vision of its founders following the DC Women's March in 2017, is being realized every year for Ohio women, families, workers, students, seniors and the great diversity that are the people of the State of Ohio. This organization is proving time and again that, when women lead, our government can succeed as a force for good in meeting the diverse needs of the people of our great state."
By Justice Jennifer Brunner
Established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, Law Day is celebrated May 1 and throughout the month of May. Law Day is a time to reflect on how our system of justice makes our lives better.
When we remember Law Day, we celebrate and rededicate ourselves to this bedrock principle: In the United States, justice should not depend on who you know or how much money or influence you have. We believe instead that our nation is guided by the rule of law. We seek justice through the application of an objective set of rules administered by trained and impartial fellow citizens who have sworn their faith to the Constitution. It’s not something the country has always lived up to with perfection, but it is our shared covenant, our promise to each other and to future generations.
We have seen from the earliest days of the Republic that, at times, politics and power have been the impetus for attacks on the very courts that work to keep those promises sacred to the shared destiny of the people they serve.
One of the most famous examples occurred 190 years ago this spring.