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Welcome to Judge Jennifer Brunner's campaign website. Judge Jennifer Brunner is one of 8 elected judges of the Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals. She was elected in November 2014 to an unexpired term and is slated for re-election in 2016 to a full, 6-year term. We look forward to your involvement with our campaign and Judge Jennifer Brunner's public service to Ohio as a state appellate court judge.  

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From the Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 18, 2016

Appellate court backs North Royalton's fight against mandatory pooling in driller's plan to frack for new well

By Robert Higgs, cleveland.com 

May 18, 2016 at 3:40 PM, updated May 18, 2016 at 3:49 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A state appellate court on Tuesday sided with North Royalton in a three-year fight to thwart an oil and gas driller who wants to frack for a new gas well in the city. 

The 10th District Ohio Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court and the Ohio Oil and Gas commission that the city's safety concerns were not properly considered before the chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management ordered the city's property be pooled with other land owners, clearing the way for the driller to proceed. 

Here's an explanation: 

The dispute 

The case arose after Richard Simmers, the chief of the state's Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management, part of the Department of Natural Resources, approved a mandatory pooling order and drilling permit for Cutter Oil, a company with more than a dozen wells in North Royalton. The decision would allow Cutter to drill its first horizontal well in North Royalton. 

State regulations require at least 20 acres around the drill site. The law allows land owners to pool tracts of property to meet that minimum acreage.  

If a driller cannot get land owners to go along voluntarily, the driller can ask the state to order a mandatory pooling arrangement. The order pieces together land needed to meet the minimum acreage requirement. Land owners are compensated for their lost mineral rights. 

In December 2013, Simmons ordered the mandatory pooling agreement. About 2 acres of city property was included in acreage.

Safety concerns 

North Royalton, objecting to the mandatory pooling request, had sought to raise safety concerns with a state advisory council that collects information for the resources management division chief. The well would be Cutter's first to involve horizontal drilling and fracking. 

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See Judge Tyack's decision in which Judge Brunner concurred, here. Judge Lisa Sadler concurred in part and dissented in part.

 

 

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 5, 2016:

Notable Women in Ohio Politics: Photo Gallery

Women have played an increasingly prominent role in Ohio politics during the past few decades. But it wasn't always this way. Until 1891, women were not allowed to watch legislative debates from the House gallery - according to legend, Abraham Lincoln refused to give a speech at the Ohio Statehouse in 1861 until women were allowed in as well, according to the Ohio Statehouse website. No woman held a seat in the state legislature until 1922, when six women were elected following the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Today, women have held every major statewide office in Ohio at one point or another - though the state's only female governor to date, Nancy Hollister, was only appointed to hold the job for less than two weeks. Here are some of the most notable women politicians in Ohio history. (Plain Dealer file)

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Jennifer Brunner

Jennifer Brunner was elected in 2006 as the first female Ohio secretary of state. The Columbus Democrat previously worked as a Franklin County judge. Brunner ran for U.S. Senate in 2010 but lost the Democratic primary to Lee Fisher; in 2014, she was elected as a state appeals court judge. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Maureen O'Connor

Maureen O'Connor is the first female chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. Elected to the post in 2011, the Cleveland Heights Republican previously served as an associate justice since 2002 and as lieutenant governor under Gov. Bob Taft. As chief justice, she's pushed for -- among other things -- judicial pay raises and changes to how judges are elected. (Robert Higgs, cleveland.com)

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Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com

 


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