Justice Kennedy talks 2022 with Ohio Republicans

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Jun. 4—LIMA — Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy paid a visit to Lima on Friday morning to discuss the 2022 election and the future of the Republican Party in Ohio.

Speaking to a crowd of supporters at the Allen County Republican Party luncheon, Kennedy stressed the importance of getting out the vote as she gears up for a run to win Ohio's Chief Justice seat next year.

"If you believe that the United States federal judiciary was on the right track when you look at all of the appointees that were being made during President Trump's era, then it is incumbent upon you to engage the judicial races in Ohio," she told the crowd. "Because you are the president, you are the senate, every time you go and vote."

Justice Kennedy, a native of Hamilton County and a graduate of University of Cincinnati College of Law, has served on the Ohio Supreme court since 2012, being re-elected in 2014 and 2020. She believes that the Ohio GOP has given her enough support and momentum to be the top candidate for the Chief Justice seat in 2022.

"In order to succeed in this business, it takes an army of people like all of you. This is not a person of one," she said. "This is an army of believers and true devout followers that in our country we expect judges to honor a limited role in government, and I have demonstrated that and I have done that."

Kennedy could face competition for the seat by fellow Justice Pat DeWine, son of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, although no official announcement has been made about him running.

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