Judge Terri Jamison, hailing from Columbus, Ohio, was selected specifically by the MLK Day committee so a voice from “outside of their circle,” according to Dr. Cummings, would be heard.
Born in Welch, West Virginia, Jamison owned a multi-line insurance agency in Columbus for more than 16 years. While raising children, she enrolled as a nontraditional student at Columbus State Community College, transferring her credits to graduate from Franklin University.
A total career change occurred for Jamison later in life when she sold her agency, enrolled and graduated from Capital University Law School in 2004. Also heavily involved in Columbus’s Divine Kingdom Builders Church, Jamison was ordained as an Interim Pastor in Nov. 2011, becoming a Senior Pastor in the church six months later.
District Elder James W. Agnew III, who will introduce Jamison during the service, described her as a “beautiful person and a tough lady.” He added that just hearing her speak is enough reason to come to the service.
Cummings also sang Jamison’s praises, highlighting her tenacity as a non-traditional student.
Apart from Jamison’s words, what Cummings is anticipating the most at the service is the Recognition of Octogenarians. He explained those who are 80 years or older will be honored at the worship as they have seen the change brought by King.
Judge Terri Jamison on Wednesday filed her declaration of candidacy for the unexpired term on the Supreme Court of Ohio currently held by Justice Joe Deters. Jamision submitted 2,156 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State, far exceeding the required 1,000 signatures to file.
Jamison, the Democratic nominee for Supreme Court in 2022, garnered 1,764,845 votes in that election.
“The courts impact our lives each and everyday,” Jamison said. “Ohioans need Justices who believe in democracy, an independent judiciary, and Equal Justice under the law. That’s why I’m proud to announce that I’m running for the Ohio Supreme Court.”
Jamison was a proud member of United Mine Workers of America as one of few women who worked as underground coal miners in West Virginia, before moving to Columbus to open a small business. Jamison ran her business for sixteen years, while attaining her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. She obtained her Juris Doctor in 2004 from Capital University Law School.
Jamison Enters 2024 Supreme Court Race
Judge Terri Jamison, who ran in 2022 as the endorsed Democratic candidate, has entered the race for the open seat previously held by Deters. In a strange move, Deters has filed to run against his colleague Justice Melody Stewart, leaving this seat vacant. Republicans have endorsed Dan Hawkins, who also hails from Franklin County to run for the open seat. You can read the full press release below:
Judge Terri Jamison’s life approach comes from the motto of her elementary school in rural West Virginia, “Striving to excel.” That standard has pushed her from being a coal miner to a trial and appellate judge, and now, a visiting judge for the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Judge Jamison – on the Tenth District Court of Appeals since 2021 – heard the disciplinary case involving Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Daniel Gaul. She sat for Justice Melody J. Stewart, who recused. According to the Ohio Constitution, if there is a justice recusal, the chief justice selects an appellate court judge to sit on the Supreme Court for the designated case.
“To be selected stirred so many emotions given my humble beginnings. I couldn’t wait to read the briefs and research the arguments being presented,” Judge Jamison said.
After a very detailed endorsement interview, the editorial board of the Chronicle-Telegram editorial committee endorsed Jamison against Republican incumbent Patrick Fischer.
In a rare move, Laborers' District Council of Ohio endorses Democrat Judge Terri Jamison over her Republican opponent incumbent Patrick Fischer.
Ohio Supreme Court races have garnered national attention. The three Democratic candidates, all women, have completed the CosmoQuiz which is released in October's Cosmopolitan magazine. The national attention further demonstrates that these races are the linchpin in Ohio democracy.
Plain Dealer editorial endorsement board finds, " Jamison seems more than up for the job. She is thoughtful, collegial and in command of the issues, with a strong commitment to equal justice, an end to racial disparities and criminal and civil justice reforms.
The Board concluded, Terri Jamison would be an asset to the state's highest court."
"I'm very honored to receive the endorsement from one of the premier news outlets in the state of Ohio. I hope that the voters will listen to the interview and make the right conclusion which leads them to vote for me to have Equal Justice and protect our democracy," Jamison said.
BIG NEWS: @HRC PAC just announced it is endorsing me for Ohio Supreme Court. HRC PAC only endorses candidates who will be strong voices for equality and who are building campaigns that are on-track to win. I’m honored to receive the endorsement.
Check out this interview with Judge Terri Jamison who expounds on why collaboration and diversity matter when choosing a justice for the Ohio Supreme Court.
Portsmouth prepared for Jamison's visit. She shares more in common with Southern Ohio than most being Appalachian herself. Driving through Portsmouth to Ohio for years before her parents passed away gave her a preview of the roots she shares with local residents.
Terri Jamison, candidate for Associate Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court, received the coveted Canary Candidate endorsement from Senator Sherrod Brown. Brown, who wears the canary on his lapel, remarked that Jamison is a former mine worker in determining to endorse her for the race.
Terri Jamison joined Justice Jennifer Brunner in a visit to Chillicothe for an event featuring the Justice. Able to speak to a packed room, Jamison spoke on her experience and journey to the bench and the link between them. The three candidates for the Supreme Court refer to themselves as "Sisters In Law".
At a meeting on the Friday before Memorial Day, she traveled to St. Clairsville to meet with UMWA members. The Ohio State Council of Coal Miners voted unanimously to endorse Terri Jamison for Associate Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court.
Who is Running for Ohio Supreme Court?
The question is Who is Running for Ohio Supreme Court? You can find the answer in the Cincinnati Enquirer as it discusses all of the candidates and what's at stake in this year's election. Find out more about the contrasts between the candidates and why they believe they're the right person for the job. Jamison is the former union member, former public defender, and has years of experience as a judge.
Judge Terri Jamison is receiving an award at Honors Events for her work in the community.
Tis' the Season
Judge Terri Jamison was a speaker for Femergy Enrichment Institute for Women Phase 3.
Jamison and Whitehall City Attorney Michael Bivens join Jump for Justice.
The origin of Presidents’ Day lies in the 1880s, when the birthday of President George Washington—commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and the first president of the United States—was first celebrated as a federal holiday. George Washington’s birthday, February 22nd, and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, February 12th, were combined to become known as President’s Day when the holiday was moved to Monday and unified. This year, we celebrate President’s Day with new leadership’s commitment to unify the country with a diverse staff and cabinet that reflects our multi-cultural nation.
National Association of Social Workers Ohio Region 5 named Judge Terri Jamison Elected Official of the Year. She is slated to be recognized at their annual meeting at a date to be determined. The recognition will be done virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions on crowd numbers.
Jamison stated, "it is wonderful to be recognized for pouring into the lives of others and doing a job you love. I will treasure this award as I move to the next chapter of my life at the Tenth District Court of Appeals."
A Franklin County Juvenile Court judge defeated a three-term incumbent for a judgeship on the county appeals court.
"I think I am qualified to do the job and voters of Franklin County have elected me twice before. I believe they have confidence in me. I thank God for every time someone chooses me," Jamison said.
Judge Jamison endorsed by NASW-Ohio Chapter for making opportunities for students from Ohio State College of Social Work to intern at Franklin County Domestic Relations-Juvenile Court in various departments. The interns contributed to the growth of the Compass Program, working with unemployed parents who owe child support linking them to community partners.
Thank you to the Sheet Metal Workers Local #24 for your endorsement! #labor #union
Jamison is the choice of Our Revolution! Judge Jamison has reached all voters with the message to unite to take this 10th District seat. Original jurisdiction over appeals for the entire state in worker's compensation cases, appeals from the Court of Claims, and the Ohio Attorney General's office for victim of crime compensation is of interest to all voters! #VoteJamison
Endorsements are still coming in! Judge Jamison is the choice of OCSEA !
She should be your choice too!
Judge Terri Jamison is Highly Recommended by the Central Ohio Association of Justice, a group of trial lawyers whose opinion is valued. Having been a trial lawyer, it is not surprising that the association recognized that she is deserving of the highest recommendation.
Jamison endorsed by Vote Pro Choice!
Jamison's representation of Latina juveniles in Special Juvenile Immigrant Status while in private practice is a factor considered in her endorsement. She has been a speaker for Human Trafficking of juveniles and Femergy.
Judicial Candidates give insights into their candidacy! Hear how Judge Jennifer Brunner, Judge John O'Donnell, Michael Mentel and myself have served the community in the past and how we hope to impact the community if elected this year!
On July 24, 2020, Judge Jamison joined She Should Run a non-partisan, non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. to be interviewed by local business owner Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, and her fellow elected official Columbus City Auditor Megan Kilgore. The interview was to speak frankly about the purpose that pulled them out of their jobs or careers into a life of public service. They speak boldly about campaign challenges, obstacles and how to overcome obstacles, and the reward of being public servants here in Columbus and Franklin County.
Judge Jamison was one of several community leaders that were selected to join the Franklin University Advisory Board for the Global Center for Healthcare Education. She joins the likes of Charleta Tavares, former Senator and Chief Executive Officer of Primary One Healthcare. Chosen by Dr. Chenelle Jones, Program Chair of the Public Safety programs within the College of Health and Public Administration. Judge Jamison and Dr. Jones have participated in many community panels throughout Ohio. They were panelists for Dr. Kimberly Crenshaw at Walsh University on the disparate treatment of women of color in the criminal justice system. Judge Jamison is a Franklin University alum with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, minoring in Human Resources Management.
Judge Jamison was one of four female elected officials who participated at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs | Ready to Run Campaign Training. The panelists discussed the positives and the pitfalls of being women running for office.
Judge Terri Jamison was the Juvenile Court Judge featured in the documentary PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools which premiered at Gateway. To introduce the film, Judge Jamison relayed her own experiences during desegregation in elementary school in Welch, WV.
Judge Jamison collaborates with CSEA in COMPASS Program. Unemployed Men and Women have the opportunity to link with community resources for job training, education, industry certifications and ultimately sustained employment. The Program was implemented in 2014 and continues on the fourth Thursday afternoon of each month.
Judge Terri Jamison was invited to join Capital University Law School's Board of Counselors.
I was very honored to be featured by Ohio Women In Government as Member of the Month in July of 2019.
Hometown: Welch, WV
Place of Work: Franklin County Court of Common Pleas - Juvenile Branch of Domestic Relations
Tenure at Current Place of Work: 6.5 years
OWIG Involvement: member for 2.5 years