Campaign season is in
full swing for local partisan candidates who will appear on the March 6 primary
As of Tuesday, there
will be just seven more weeks until party voters select who to nominate to
appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The Lake County
Democratic Party conducted a meeting last week and endorsed candidates for
Here is what
transpired, according to party officials.
For commissioner term
commencing Jan. 3, 2013, incumbent Robert
E. Aufuldish was endorsed over challenger Daniel W. Tharp. For the commissioner term commencing
Jan. 2, Willowick Council President Judy
Moran was endorsed over Eastlake Mayor Ted Andrzejewski.
candidates will appear on the ballot for county treasurer — state Rep. Lorraine M. Fende, Perry Township
Fiscal Officer Christine Page
and Mentor-on-the-Lake Mayor John
Rogers — with each endorsed by the party.
For Ohio House of
Representatives District 60, Lake County Commissioner Daniel P. Troy was endorsed over
Eastlake Councilwoman Laura A. DePledge
and James Helmink of
candidates who received the county party’s blessing were incumbent county Clerk
of Courts Maureen G. Kelly, Susan McGuinness for Ohio House of
Representatives District 61, Jim
Mueller for Ohio Senate District 18 and Ann Radcliffe for county recorder.
for Lake County commissioner, also last weekend, attended a candidates forum
hosted by the Lake County Tea Party.
After the program, a
straw poll was conducted. For commissioner term commencing Jan. 2, 2013,
Willoughby Hills Councilman at large David
Fiebig got 33 votes, North Perry Village Councilman Richard Shreve received 14. For
commissioner term commencing Jan. 3, 2013, Leroy Township Trustee Linda Burhenne received 27 votes,
Madison Village Council President John
Hamercheck received 20.
Also on the ballot for
this primary are races for Ohio Democratic and Republican state central
People are elected to
this position by party voters and they are instrumental in shaping party
policies and direction as well as helping their respective candidates be successful.
Each state central
committee is divided by Ohio Senate District boundaries with a male and female
representing each district. The Ohio 18th District’s boundary beginning in 2013
will consist of half of Lake County, two-thirds of Geauga County, plus all of
Here’s a look at who’s
on the ballot. I’ll try to include some other districts in a future column.
For Democratic male,
it’s former state Rep. Mark A.
Schneider of Mentor and Craig
Stephens of Atwater. For Democratic female, it’s state Rep. Kathleen Clyde of Kent.
For Republican male,
it’s former state Rep. Jamie Callender
of Concord Township and Andrew Manning
of Ravenna. Lake County Republican Party Chairman Dale H. Fellows of Willoughby Hills had been a candidate
but withdrew Jan. 5.
For Republican female,
it’s Heidi Callender of
Concord Township vs. Amy Sabath
of Concord Township.
n Campaign social for Hamercheck, 5:30
p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cornerstone Brewing Company in Madison Village. See Susan Hamercheck.
n Campaign kickoff for Bob Patterson, candidate for Lake
County treasurer, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hellriegels in Painesville Township.
See Sandy Patterson.
n Fundraiser for Shreve, 5:30 p.m. to 10
p.m. Saturday at Mentor Beach Park. See Richard or Susie Shreve.
n Page will host a Groundhog Day Party
from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Stadium Grille in Mentor. See Michele Woltman.
n Leap Day event for 11th District Court
of Appeals Judge Mary Jane Trapp,
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at Willoughby Hills Community Center. See Kathy DiCristofaro or Mike Apicella.
John Arthur Hutchison