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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Reapportionment opens candidate possibilities

With Ohio Senate and House of Representatives districts poised to change due to reapportionment, it sets up many possibilities for who might run for the newly shaped districts.

The new Senate District 18 would contain about half of Lake County, two-thirds of Geauga County and all of Portage County.

First, there is a vacancy for the current Senate District 18 — all of Lake and Geauga counties, plus a portion of eastern Cuyahoga County — emerged recently when former state Sen. Tim Grendell, R-Chester Township, was appointed Geauga County Probate/Juvenile Court judge.

Interested in an appointment by Ohio Senate Republicans are state Rep. Ron Young, former state Rep. Jamie Callender and Concord Township Trustee Christopher Galloway.

If Young gets the appointment, another appointment would be needed to fill a vacancy for his Ohio House District 63 seat that currently is comprised of Mentor and eastern Lake County, but not Concord Township.

If Galloway or Callender were to be appointed they would need to take up temporary residence in the district until reapportionment changes the boundaries.

Or someone like Lake Commissioner Raymond E. Sines of Perry Village could be appointed as state representative, a position he held years ago.

What will term-limited state Rep. Lorraine M. Fende, D-Willowick, do next year, as she can’t seek re-election to her seat that currently represents western Lake County and Concord Township.

She’s mentioned as a possible Ohio Senate candidate, but since she would live in a new Ohio Senate district, she might have to run against other strong Democrats including an incumbent or two.

Maybe Fende decides to run for something else like county commissioner?

Perhaps Lake Commissioner Daniel P. Troy of Willowick would be interested in the Ohio Senate seat too?

Who will run for Ohio House District 76 next year? The current district, now called the 98th district, is comprised of Geauga County, plus portions of eastern Cuyahoga County.

However, the new district would lose the Cuyahoga portion and gain a portion of Portage County.

Plus, incumbent state Rep. Richard Hollington, R-Hunting Valley, has filed as a candidate for mayor, so if he’s sworn in, a vacancy will be created and an appointment needed.

Perhaps Ohio House Republicans pick someone like attorney John Eklund or Chardon Councilwoman Nancy McArthur?

Concord Township resident Amy Sabath, a GOP state central committee member and former executive director of the Lake County GOP, was appointed to the Lottery Commission for a term expiring Aug. 1, 2014.

n John Murphy, candidate for Ward 4 Painesville Council, meet the candidate with complimentary buffet from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 29 at Rider’s Inn in Painesville. See Murphy.

n Commissioner Troy will host Fall Classic golf outing and clam bake with 12:30 p.m. shotgun start Sept. 30 at Madison Country Club in Madison Township. See Troy or Kip Molenaar.

n U.S. Rep. Steven C. LaTourette will host a clam bake from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 1 at Cappelli’s in Mentor. See Matt Riehl.

n Geauga County Republican Party Steak Roast, featured guests Ohio Auditor Dave Yost and LaTourette. Social hour begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at Troy Township Pavilion. See Frank and Bernadette Gliha.

n State Rep. Kenny Yuko hosts Rat Pack Revival from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at Nido Italia in Cleveland. See Pamela J. Yuko.

n Tammy Gibson, Willoughby Municipal Court candidate, hosts a fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Lake County Yacht Club in Eastlake. See Elyssa Georgian.

n Gabe Cicconetti, candidate for Painesville Township trustee will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16th at Park Road Bar in Painesville Township. See Cicconetti or Tom Hill.

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