BY ED GEBERT
DHI Media Editor
VAN WERT —One of the seven justices of the Ohio Supreme Court paid a visit to Van Wert on Friday. Justice Sharon Kennedy, who is seeking re-election this fall, was the speaker at a breakfast at Willow Bend Country Club.
After being introduced by the event’s emcee, Bill Purmort, Kennedy recounted her history and her beliefs about the judiciary branch.
“One of the unknown, unspoken truths of our system of government in this republic is that there is one branch that is actually put upon to keep two others in check while remaining restrained themselves,” she remarked.
Having started in law enforcement in Hamilton, Ohio, Kennedy moved to a legal career, eventually serving as the administrative judge of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division from 2005-2012. In 2012,, she was elected to an unexpired term of the Ohio Supreme Court and became the 154th justice of the court.
In her address Friday morning, Kennedy stressed that her job as justice is to uphold every word of the law.