COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine says he’s dropping out of the race for chief justice of the court.
DeWine, a Republican and the son of GOP Gov. Mike DeWine, says he decided the best way to ensure a conservative majority on the court is to run for re-election to his current seat. The 53-year-old DeWine made the announcement Tuesday.
DeWine’s decision narrows the chief justice race to Justice Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, and Justice Sharon Kennedy, a Republican.
Current GOP Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor must leave her seat due to age limits. The court’s current make-up is a 4-3 GOP majority.