Judicial Candidates Speak to Bay Village Democrats

Updated: Aug 31, 2019

From the Westlake Bay Village Observer

by Dave Sartin

Jennifer O'Donnell, a public defender for 11 years, will run for Common Pleas judge in 2020.  “I have represented thousands of indigent Cuyahoga County residents in a variety of criminal and civil custody proceedings,” she said. “I believe my defense background will enable a fresh perspective and bring innovative ideas to better serve the needs of our community.”

O’Donnell is a life-long Democrat with strong ties to the labor community. Her father was a career union member and the business manager of Local 42 Plumbers & Pipefitters for many years, she said. Later, he was a union organizer representing Local 55 Plumbers Union in Cleveland. She is member of AFSCME Local 3631 and an active member of the Rocky River Democratic Club and a precinct committee-person.

She describes her top priorities as working with county government to improve conditions in the county jail, bail reform, and increased mental health and substance abuse services for criminal defendants. Read more here

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