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Retain Judge Ray Headen

Ohio’s Eighth District Court of Appeals

Equal Justice for Us All

“ *Endorsed by the CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER and the BLACK WOMEN’S POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE”

“When equal justice is threatened or at risk for any of us, it is threatened or at risk for all of us.” Judge Ray Headen, 8th District Court of Appeals

From his first day on the bench, Judge Headen led the charge for sentencing reform. Same crime, same punishment. That’s what Judge Headen believes. Did you know that there is no statewide source of information about the length of prison sentences for person’s convicted of felonies? Working with both political parties, Headen is working to create a statewide Ohio criminal sentencing database that sets fair standards for all defendants, regardless of the color of their skin or the money in their wallets. The result?

  • Deserving criminals get the punishment they deserve keeping our communities safe and protecting the victims’ families;
  • Excessive and unnecessary incarcerations are reduced
    • Saving citizens from extra years behind bars and keeping families together; and,
    • Saving taxpayers millions of dollars spent on overcrowded jails and COVID-19 treatment.

If you too believe in sentencing reform, please sign the petition below on Change.org.

“When equal justice is threatened or at risk for any of us, it is threatened or at risk for all of us.” Judge Ray Headen, 8th District Court of Appeals

From his first day on the bench, Judge Headen led the charge for sentencing reform. Same crime, same punishment. That’s what Judge Headen believes. Did you know that there is no statewide source of information about the length of prison sentences for person’s convicted of felonies? Working with both political parties, Headen is working to create a statewide Ohio criminal sentencing database that sets fair standards for all defendants, regardless of the color of their skin or the money in their wallets. The result?

  • Deserving criminals get the punishment they deserve keeping our communities safe and protecting the victims’ families;
  • Excessive and unnecessary incarcerations are reduced
    • Saving citizens from extra years behind bars and keeping families together; and,
    • Saving taxpayers millions of dollars spent on overcrowded jails and COVID-19 treatment.

If you too believe in sentencing reform, please sign the petition below on Change.org.

Vote Headen for Justice​

Judge Ray Headen hasn’t been afraid to fight for equal justice for everyone: black or white, rich or poor, defendant or victim.

That’s why he’s worked to fulfill the promise of our judicial system in important ways:

100% Decision Appeal Record

Judge Headen has an excellent 100% decision record as a judge. He has participated in 211 judicial decisions in the last two years alone, with none overturned by the Ohio Supreme Court on appeal.

However, to be an excellent Court of Appeals judge (one step below the Ohio Supreme Court) more is required than being an excellent 100% decision record judge. Judge Headen looks out for us all.

 His opponent has no judicial experience.

Pastors’ Church Van Transportation Coalition

Judge Headen has worked with area churches to line up church vans to transport unemployed workers to the workplace when public transit can’t, helping reduce incentives for crime and decrease unemployment.

Judge Ray Headen has fought for us.  Now it’s our turn to fight for him.

Retain Judge Ray Headen

Ray Headen’s Personal Story

Ray grew up in Glenville when it was a hub of excellence and home to Black professionals and county leaders.  Even then, however, waves of poverty, violence and racism plagued the community. 

Challenged by these inequities, Headen was inspired to community service through his contact with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other Black community leaders.

Judge Headen his wife Miesha and their two sons live in Richmond Heights with their dog, Lucy.

After graduating from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Law School, Headen began his legal career and public service, combining years of private practice with public service work to help bring jobs to Northeast Ohio — and as General Counsel to the Ohio Treasurer of State. 

In recognition of his leadership and spirit of public service, Headen was appointed Judge on Cuyahoga County’s Eighth District Court of Appeals by Governor John Kasich in December 2018. 

In his time on the bench, he has gained invaluable insight into judicial reform and how to make our legal system fair for all.