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PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
  • Federal/Executive/4 year term (limit 2)

  • Checks & Balances the legislative branch

  • Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces

  • Approve or veto bills/laws enacted by Congress

  • Grant pardons

  • Make vacancy appointments to the Cabinet and heads of Federal Agencies

  • Enforce laws written by Congress

 
VICE PRESIDENT 
  • Federal/Executive/4 year term (limit 2)

  • Vice President is empowered to preside over Senate deliberations, but may not vote except to cast a tie-breaking vote

 
STATE REPRESENTATIVE
(99 HOUSE SEATS -61R & 38D)
  • State/Legislative/2 year term (limit 4)

  • Create state laws in response to concerns of constituents

  • Establish the state’s budget with the Governor

  • Setting levels for state spending

  • Raises or lowers taxes 

  • Upholds or overrides governor’s vetoes

 
REPRESENTATIVE TO CONGRESS
  • Legislative/two-year term (unlimited) 

  • Serve the people of the congressional district comprised of 32 diverse municipalities in Cuyahoga and Summit Counties.

  • Introduce bills and resolutions, offer amendments and serve on committees

  • (Current standing committees of the House: Agriculture; Appropriations; Armed Services; Budget; Commerce; Education and the Workforce; Ethics; Financial Services; Foreign Affairs; Homeland Security; House Administration; Judiciary; Natural Resources; Oversight and Government Reform; Rules; Science, Space, and Technology; Small Business; Transportation and Infrastructure; Veterans’ Affairs; and Ways and Means).

 
PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
  • 4-year term limit.

  • The prosecutors decide what criminal charge to bring, and when and where a person will answer to those charges. 

  • In carrying out their duties, prosecutors have the authority to investigate persons, grant immunity to witnesses, and accused criminals and plea bargain with defendants.

 
MEMBER OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
  • (19 members-11 elected and 8 are appointed by the governor)

  • 4 - year term (limit 2

  • Manage the state’s public K-12 education

  • Develop education policy and goals for the state's public schools

  • Establish educational, operational, and financial standards

  • Implement specific educational programs

 
JUSTICE OF SUPREME COURT
  • State/Judicial/6 year term

  • The “Law of the Land”- final authority over the interpretation of Ohio law and the Ohio Constitution

  • Can overturn unconstitutional laws

  • Hears appeals from the twelve district courts of appeals in Ohio

  • Composed of seven justices (6 justices and chief justice)

 
JUDGE OF COURT OF APPEALS
(8th DISTRICT)
  • State/Judicial/6 year term

  • There are 12 Court of Appeals that serve Ohio. The 8th district serves Cuyahoga County only.

  • The main work of the Eighth District Court of Appeals is to hear appeals of judgments and final orders entered in civil and criminal cases entered by all trial courts in Cuyahoga County.

  • Each case before the Court of Appeals is heard by three judges.

  • A majority is necessary to render judgment in all cases except one.

 
 
JUDGE OF COURT OF COMMON PLEAS
  • State/Judicial/6 year term

  • The courts of common pleas are the trial courts that hear cases between common citizens

    • General Division

      • Hears civil and criminal cases

      • Criminal jurisdiction includes all crimes defined by statute as felonies, as well as other certain criminal cases

      • 34 judges

    • Domestic Relations Division

      • Presides over domestic cases such as dissolutions, legal separations, annulments,
      • Divorces/violence petitions 

      • Child custody/child support

      • 4 judges

    • Probate Division

      • Presides over marriages and getting an error corrected on a birth certificate.

      • Wills and Estates

      • Guardianship

      • Name changes

      • Adoptions (1 yr older)

      • 2 judges

 
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