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Saturday, October 1, 2011

District redraw to attract new faces

With Lake County divided into two Ohio Senate districts as part of the changes approved Wednesday by the state Reapportionment Board, new names and faces might represent the area and not live in the county.

The new Ohio Senate District 21 will include House Districts 8 and 10 in Cuyahoga County and District 60, which will include parts of western and northern Lake County and Painesville.

Districts 8 and 10 stretch into parts of Cleveland, plus Beachwood, East Cleveland, Euclid, Richmond Heights, South Euclid and Woodmere.

Term-limited state Reps. Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, and Lorraine M. Fende, D-Willowick, may have an interest in Senate District 21 although with two-thirds of the district’s population living in Cuyahoga County, it might make it hard for Fende, whose base is in Lake County. Perhaps she may move?

The new Senate district might also open the door for someone like former state Rep. Ed Jerse, a Euclid Democrat.

Any state representative candidates for House District 8 would have to likely have to challenge state Rep. Armond Budish, D-Beachwood, who is the Ohio House Minority Leader. District 10 includes parts of Cleveland, plus Bratenahl Village.

With Willoughby Hills moved to House District 61, who might take a shot at House District 60 with Fende unable to seek re-election?

District 60 will consist of Eastlake, Fairport Harbor, Grand River, Lakeline, Mentor Ward 4, Mentor-on-the-Lake, Painesville, part of Painesville Township, Timberlake, Wickliffe, Willoughby and Willowick.

The changes takes Willoughby Hills Councilman David Feibig, a Republican who ran against Fende two years ago, and Council President Kevin Malecek, a Democrat, out of the running, since they won’t live in the new district.

Mentor Ward 4 will be part of District 60 and also is the home of Mentor Councilman Ronald L. Micchia.

If they wanted, the door is also open for Willowick residents such as Council President Judy Moran and even Lake County Commissioner Daniel P. Troy, a former state representative who served in Columbus for years.

Running for commissioner?

So far, four people have officially taken out candidacy petitions to run for Lake County commissioner next year: Commissioner Robert E. Aufuldish, former Eastlake Councilman Derek W. Elshaw; Madison Village Council President John R. Hamercheck; and Robert Murphy, who ran in 2010 against Troy.

The terms on the ballot in 2012 are currently held by Aufuldish and Commissioner Raymond E. Sines.


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

n Yuko hosts Rat Pack Revival from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Nido Italia in Cleveland. See Pamela J. Yuko.

n Becky Lynch, candidate for Mentor Council, hosts a fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Toth’s Place in Mentor. See Lynch or Christina M. Dubeansky.

n Tammy Gibson, Willoughby Municipal Court candidate, hosts a fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Lake County Yacht Club in Eastlake. See Elyssa Georgian.

n Mentor Councilman Ed Walsh hosts a fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. at Capelli’s in Mentor. See Walsh, Edward Hughes or Cindy Hughes.

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.

n Tim Snyder, Chardon Municipal Court candidate, host a clambake Oct. 22 doors open at 2 p.m. at Pine View Lake, Munson Township. See Snyder or Tiffany Snyder.

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