Then-Gov. Ted Strickland named Justice Brown to the high court in January 2011 to fill an unexpired term. She was Mr. Strickland's running mate in his failed bid for re-election in 2010.
Ms. Brown is the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court, and the first African-American of either gender on the court in nearly 40 years. Before that, she was a judge in Franklin County and an executive at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The Ohio State Bar Association calls Justice Brown "highly recommended," its second-highest rating.
Ms. Brown's Republican challenger, Sharon Kennedy, is a former police officer, lawyer, and domestic-relations court judge in Butler County. The state bar rated her "not recommended," its lowest rating. Justice Brown is the clear choice.