- Associated Press - Thursday, December 5, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy says she will seek re-election next year.

In a statement shared by the Ohio Republican Party, the 57-year-old Kennedy noted she has worked in the justice system for over three decades, including as a police officer, a lawyer and a magistrate in southwest Ohio’s Butler County. She was elected to the state’s high court in 2012 to fill an unexpired term, and then won a six-year term in 2014.

Republicans currently hold five of the court’s seven seats. Two Democrats hoping to swing that balance already announced bids for 2020.

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Cleveland-area Judge John O’Donnell and former Ohio secretary of state Jennifer Brunner are making respective challenges to Kennedy and another Republican justice, Judith French.

Supreme Court races are nonpartisan.

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