Ashland County GOP Dinner Hosts Ohio Supreme Court Justices

  • 11/1/2019 2:51:00 PM
  • Seth Byrd
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH- The Ashland County Republican Party's Annual Ox Roast Dinner was truly supreme on Friday night at Elks Lodge 1360 in Ashland, as Ohio Supreme Court Justices Sharon Kennedy and Judi French served as guest speakers. 

Ashland County Republican Chairman Chris Tunnell said having the two justices for their annual fall dinner was a real treat because once you meet them you realize how down to earth they are just like everyone else. 

The pair talked about the role that the highest court in Ohio plays in the every day lives of Ohioan's and a variety of other topics that impact that state. 

"The Supreme Court of Ohio matters to your life," said Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French. "The Supreme Court of Ohio decides issues that impacts you in a personal way. Who has an insurance policy. We decide what insurance policies mean. We review questions related to utility rates. You name it, we address those questions."

French said she always enjoys coming to Ashland because of the great welcoming that she receives and the good food each time she comes to the county. 

Justice Judi French has been on the Ohio Supreme Court since January of 2013, after being appointed by then Governor of Ohio John Kasich in December of 2012. One of French's notable justice system career highlights was when she argued the Cleveland Voucher's case to the United States Supreme Court successfully. 

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy stressed the importance about going out to vote for judges and having the conversation as to why we have the right to. 

"In 1851 we achieved the right to vote for our judiciary and to me it becomes important to have the conversation," said Kennedy. " 

Kennedy said there really is not an issue that the court does not handle that does not effect citizens lives, which makes an important role that the supreme court plays for everyone. 

Justice Sharon Kennedy has been on the Ohio Supreme Court since her appointment to the board on December 7, 2012. Kennedy started her career in the justice system as a police officer for the Hamilton Police Department. 


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