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Kasich chooses Youngstown judge Mary DeGenaro for Ohio Supreme Court seat

January 25, 2018

Kasich chooses Youngstown judge Mary DeGenaro for Ohio Supreme Court seat

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Youngstown-area appellate court Judge Mary DeGenaro will fill a spot on the Ohio Supreme Court vacated this month by William O’Neill, returning the court to complete Republican control.

Gov. John Kasich announced Thursday he chose DeGenaro, a Republican elected in 2000 to the Seventh District Court of Appeals, to replace O’Neill, a Democrat resigning to run for governor.

DeGenaro’s appointment means all seven seats on the state’s highest court will be held by Republicans for the first time since 2012.

But Kasich said he expects DeGenaro to make decisions based on the merits of the case.

DeGenaro was the favorite for the seat and was already endorsed by the state party in the November election for O’Neill’s seat. She will now run as an incumbent in the November election. Kasich also considered Richard Lee Johnson, a Toledo-area workers’ compensation attorney, and Carol M. Gottschling, human resources director for Lorain schools.