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State Bar: Rep. Tom Letson "Not Recommended" for Ohio Supreme Court

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When Ohioans go to the polls in November, they'll have four candidates to choose from for Ohio Supreme Court Judge.  But only two of those candidates are being recommended by the Ohio Bar Association, and State Representative from Warren, Tom Letson isn't one of them.

The state bar has issued ratings for candidates running for Supreme Court of Ohio.  Incumbent Republican Justice Judi French and Democrat John P. O'Donnell, who are running for the same seat on the bench, were both highly recommended.

But the two candidates running for the other seat on the court did not get a positive nod from the bar association.

The other Republican incumbent, Justice Sharon Kennedy elected not to take part in the ratings process. Democrat Letson received a rating of  "Not Recommended."

A statement from the bar association did not give specific reasons for the ratings.

However, the news release did say that the 25-member Commission on Judicial Candidates evaluated each of this year’s candidates according to non-political criteria: legal knowledge and ability; professional competence; judicial temperament; integrity; diligence; personal responsibility; and public/community service.

Candidates who receive favorable evaluations from less than 60 percent of the commission members are rated “Not Recommended.” In the view of the commission, this candidate’s qualifications are not suited to perform the duties and responsibilities of chief justice or justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

If at least 60 percent of the commission members vote in favor of a “Recommended” rating, the candidate receives that rating. In the view of the commission, this candidate would be able to perform satisfactorily as the chief justice or justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Letson is currently serving his last term as State Representative which expires in December. He is unable to run for re-election under the state law prohibiting members of the house from serving more than four consecutive, two-year terms in the same office.


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