Judge O'Neill among the 18 seeking seat on Dublin BOE
...Judge O'Neill among the 18 seeking seat on Dublin BOE
...Included in the list are Bill Schuck, a former state representative who lost a bid for a Franklin County commissioner seat in 2000, and Deborah O'Neill, a former common pleas court judge who in September had her law license suspended for two years by the Ohio Supreme Court for misconduct.
application with the district on Monday.
has one child in the school system and was a common pleas judge in Franklin County for 12 years. She said she always has had an interest in the district and is "very active" with the schools, having founded the "Judge in the Classroom" program, in which Dublin students are active.
With that program, she
has mentored students and has become acquainted with teachers and administrators, O'Neill
said.On the other side, many of the cases she
has heard as a judge dealt with school law and the governance of school boards, she
When asked if she
thought the controversy surrounding her
suspension would affect her
candidacy for the board, she
said, "I hope it does not have an impact, but we'll probably never know.
"Obviously, not all of the controversy affected my votes (in her
bid to be a court of appeals judge in the Nov. 2 election) when 47 percent of the voters supported me without me spending any money," said O'Neill
As a 17-year resident of the district, O'Neill
said many people believe, as she
does, that the charges that led to her
suspension "were not based on merit but were politically motivated."
Three new applications, in addition to O'Neill's
, were received after The Villager published a story in last week's edition.