CLEVELAND-- Former 11th District Court of Appeals Judge William O'Neill announced he is running to become and Ohio Supreme Court Justice.
O'Neill, 64, of South Russell, is challenging incumbent Robert Cupp. The filing deadline is Dec. 7.
In a release, O'Neill said, "This race is about more than Democrats and Republicans and it's about more than Bill O'Neill and Robert Cupp. This is about a fundamental difference of opinion between those of us who are tired of selling judicial seats to the highest bidder and those who seek to protect the old ways of electing Justice in Ohio. Ohio's judicial selection process is broken, and Robert Cupp is part of the problem."
O'Neill said education funding and judicial campaign reform will be issues in this race.
"The average cost of Supreme Court races is now $1 million and that is an outrage. What exactly do those contributors expect in return for their million dollars," he asked.
O'Neill is retired from the 11th District Court of Appeals where he served ten years.
He was an unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Supreme Court of Ohio in 2004 and 2006. He ran and lost two races against Congressman Steve LaTourette in 2008 and 2010.
He now works as a pediatric Emergency Room Nurse.