July 24, 2016

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Challenger Jennifer Hensal defeats incumbent appeals judge

A Republican challenger won a tight race last night to be the next judge of Ohio’s 9th District Court of Appeals.

Jennifer Hensal

Jennifer Hensal was the victor over incumbent Democrat Clair Dickinson in an election that wasn’t called until early Wednesday morning.

Overall, Hensal came in with 185,092 votes – for 51 percent of the vote – to Dickinson’s 174,938 tallies, which equated 49 percent, according to unofficial state results.

Hensal has 19 years of experience as an attorney, both in private practice and as an assistant law director and assistant prosecutor. She received her law degree from the University of Toledo in 1993, and has a law practice in Medina County.

Hensal, 45, an Akron resident, serves as an assistant law director and prosecutor in Wadsworth and as the assistant village solicitor for Seville. She has said her experience in both public and private law makes her well-rounded for the position.

Dickinson had served the last 12 years as an appeals judge. He also has more than 30 years of experience as an attorney.

The 9th District Court of Appeals handles cases from Lorain, Medina, Summit and Wayne counties. Appeals come from municipal, common pleas, juvenile and probate courts.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.