Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy visited Van Wert Friday to speak at a breakfast at Willow Bend Country Club. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy visited Van Wert Friday to speak at a breakfast at Willow Bend Country Club. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)

VAN WERT —One of the seven justices of the Ohio Supreme Court paid a visit to Van Wert on Friday. Justice Sharon Kennedy, who is seeking re-election this fall, was the speaker at a breakfast at Willow Bend Country Club.

After being introduced by the event’s emcee, Bill Purmort, Kennedy recounted her history and her beliefs about the judiciary branch.

“One of the unknown, unspoken truths of our system of government in this republic is that there is one branch that is actually put upon to keep two others in check while remaining restrained themselves,” she remarked.

Having started in law enforcement in Hamilton, Ohio, Kennedy moved to a legal career, eventually serving as the administrative judge of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division from 2005-2012. In 2012,, she was elected to an unexpired term of the Ohio Supreme Court and became the 154th justice of the court.



In her address Friday morning, Kennedy stressed that her job as justice is to uphold every word of the law.

“What you are doing in the judges races isn’t about a policy, because we shouldn’t be making policy. I don’t have a platform to tell you what I’m going to do for you to fix things. My sole message is: I’m going to uphold the law as long as it’s constitutional, and not rewrite it or legislate it from the bench. That’s where people need to begin with how they view the judicial branch — what do they want?” she declared.

In 2012, Kennedy surprised Yvette McGee Brown and captured the election for a seat on the high court. McGee Brown had been Gov. Ted Strickland’s running mate in the 2010 governor’s race, which he lost. Kennedy is being challenged this fall by State Rep. Tom Letson of Warren.
While in Van Wert, Kennedy was also scheduled to tour the Cooper Farms Cooked Meats Plant.