Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
October 12, 2012 11:31 am EDT


MOUNT VERNON — Ohio Supreme Court candidates Robert Cupp and Sharon Kennedy — both Republicans — were in Mount Vernon on Thursday to meet with the local National Federation of Independent Business chapter.


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Cupp, 61, of Lima, seeking his second term on the court, and Kennedy of Hamilton, seeking her first, also stopped at the News for brief interviews.

Cupp said he brings to the court the perspective of someone who has served in all three branches of government, which gives him “good insight into the strengths and weaknesses of each branch.”

Cupp served 16 years in the Ohio Senate, served as a county commissioner and was a state appellate court judge before being elected to the Ohio Supreme Court.

His “extensive and diverse background,” Cupp said, “creates context for a lot of cases that come before the court” and interpreting the relevant statutes.

The role of a judge, he said, is “limited to applying the plain meaning of statutes to the facts of the case, and not to rewrite the statute or remake the Constitution.”

That sounds simple, but is often contentious, he said. The court needs to create a stable legal environment, which he said is important to both large and small businesses which need “predictability” in a consistent legal system.

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