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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Might Grendell still go to House?

There may be a scenario in the works if term-limited state Sen. Tim Grendell isn’t appointed Geauga County Probate/Juvenile Court judge by Gov. John Kasich.

State Rep. Richard R. Hollington Jr., R-Hunting Valley, filed petitions prior to Wednesday’s filing deadline to run for Hunting Valley mayor.

With Hollington slated to become Hunting Valley mayor next year, there eventually would be a need for an appointment to replace Hollington in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Hollington was appointed earlier this year to represent the 98th Ohio House District, which consists of Geauga County and portions of eastern Cuyahoga County.

He was appointed after Grendell, R-Chester Township, decided — without precedent — to stay in the Ohio Senate rather than become state representative after he was elected to that position last November.

Because no other candidates filed to run for Hunting Valley mayor, it’s Hollington’s if he wants it.

Might Hollington resign soon, thus opening the door for Grendell to be quickly appointed state representative — if he doesn’t get Kasich’s appointment to the bench?

What if Sen. Grendell becomes Rep. Grendell? Then who might get appointed to the Ohio Senate seat for the next several months until the term expires next year? How about Judge Diane V. Grendell or state Rep. Ron Young, R-Leroy Township?

Regardless, it appears there may be some options for Sen. Grendell if he isn’t appointed judge by Kasich.
With that said, if Grendell still wants to be judge but isn’t appointed to any position, he could always run against whomever is appointed judge to fill the unexpired term of former Judge Chip “Charles” Henry.

Stay tuned.

Troy named committee chairman

Lake County Commissioner Daniel P. Troy was named chairman of the National Association of Counties Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs committee. NACo represents 3,068 county governments on issues before the federal government, works to improve the public’s understanding of county government, assists counties to find and share innovative solutions through education and research and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money.


n State Rep. Lorraine M. Fende hosts her sixth annual steak roast from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wickliffe Italian American Club. See Nick Cindric.

n Summertime Cookout for Chuck Hillier, a candidate for Painesville Township trustee, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Lake Erie Shores Beach Park in Painesville Township. See Ken Fitzsimmons or Diana Hillier.

n Kirtland mayoral candidate and City Councilman Doug Davidson will host an outdoor coffee and doughnut social at The Kirtland Community Center Soccer Field on Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. See Sean McGreal, Jim Yarborough or Gina Davidson.

n Fundraiser for Karen Lutz Kowall, candidate for Willoughby Municipal Court judge, from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Pranzo Restaurant in Willoughby. See hosts Jack or Marlene Cornachio.

n Concord Township trustees Chris Galloway and Paul Malchesky, celebrate their birthdays with a fundraiser for fellow Trustee Connie Luhta from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Harry Buffalo in Painesville Township. See Galloway or Malchesky.

n Geauga County Auditor Frank J. Gliha will host a Chinese dinner and auction fundraiser from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Pineview Lake in Munson Township. See Frank or Bernadette J. Gliha.

n Fundraiser dinner for Katie Jenkins, Painesville City Council candidate, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at Jackie’s Sports Bar in Painesville. See Christine Hart Howlett.

n Labor Day picnic for Wickliffe Mayor Bill Margalis from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Wickliffe Italian American Club Picnic Pavilion with special guest entertainer Tom Todd. See Sue Margalis.

n Lake County Coroner Dr. Lynn Smith, a picnic from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at Painesville Elks Club. See Dr. Ron Taddeo or Sheila Smith.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about citizen Ted and he gets a real job

August 14, 2011 at 1:10 AM 

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