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By Joe Hallett

The Columbus Dispatch

Brown, who became the first black female member of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court when she was elected in 1992, will become the high court’s lone Democratic member. Brown was Strickland’s lieutenant governor running mate this year, but they lost to the Republican ticket of John Kasich and Mary Taylor.

Brown will become the first black member of the high court since Lloyd O. Brown in 1973.

Strickland also considered Kent Marcus, his chief legal counsel in the governor’s office, and Mary Jane Trapp, an appeals judge from Geauga County, for the Supreme Court appointment. Trapp lost her Supreme Court bid in November to Republican Justice Judith Lanzinger.

Brown said today that she intends to run in November 2012 to fulfill the remaining two years on O’Connor’s current term, and then seek a full six-year term in 2014.

“I told the governor I believe I can hold the seat,” Brown said.

jhallett@dispatch.com

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