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Friday, August 20, 2010

Justice for all? Read on

Remember how it was once attorney Eric Brown, the former Mayfield School Board longtime member and Democrat activist seen often in Northeast Ohio, including Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties?

Then it next became the same Brown down in Columbus as the former Franklin County Probate Court judge who got appointed as chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, for which he’s seeking election on Nov. 2.

Now it’s candidate Brown to headline a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday (Aug. 23) at Gavi’s Restaurant in Willoughby.

Brown will be hosted by Lake-Geauga notables, many of them attorneys.
That includes Randy and Betty Klammer, former U.S. Rep. Dennis Eckart, union chief Bob Schiebli, Joe Weiss, Russ Meraglio, Paul Malchesky, Bob Leach, Francis Sweeney Jr., Ernie, Helen and Matt Lallo, Beverly Kurzawa, Matt Donovan and Keith Hocevar.

For RSVP, catch up with Randy Klammer at or (440) 487-8584.

P.S. Ohio SUPCO Justice Maureen O’Connor, a Republican running vs. Brown for the same chief justice gavel? Currently ahead of Brown in warchest money, she’s already been in and out of Lake County.

The Lake County Bar Association endorses O’Connor with high ratings. But the Lake County Bar didn’t know Brown well enough for him to garner 50 percent yes or no votes either way.

O’Connor also is now endorsed by the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police.

P.P.S. All of which means NE Ohio will be a decision-making battleground in this race.

--David W. Jones


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