Gov. Ted Strickland has picked his former running mate to a pending vacancy on the Ohio Supreme Court. 50-year old Yvette McGee Brown ran unsuccessfully for Lt. Governor alongside Strickland. Earlier, she served for nearly a decade as a judge in Franklin County Juvenile Court. In recent years, she has headed a group that tries to prevent child abuse and family violence. Brown’s resume notes that she had to overcome many obstacles to get where she’s at. For example, she was born to a single teenager mother, who had to work two jobs to support the family. When Brown takes her seat on the court next month, she will become the first African American woman to be an ohio supreme court justice. That’s one of the things she talks about in this interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen.
In January, Brown will participate in what amounts to a game of musical chairs on the bench. Brown will take the seat currently held by Justice Maureen O’Connor. O’Connor will take over the job of Chief Justice, a post she won in the November election, by beating current Chief Justice Eric Brown. He was appointed to the position in April, when veteran Chief Justice Tom Moyer died.