The March 6 primary election shapes up to be one of the
most interesting the area has seen in a while.
Many races on both sides of the political spectrum see
contested primaries with two or more candidates seeking their party’s
nomination. Long-time political observers say it’s the highest number contested
primaries in decades, if not ever, at least in Lake County.
One might be quick to say that voters and the public are
more engaged or angrier than ever and that created an increased interest by
But a more likely reason, longtime political officials
note, is there are several open seats, with current officerholders not seeking
For example, the Lake County treasurer race has five
candidates who seek one of two party nominations after Treasurer John Crocker, a Democrat, decided not
to run again.
That opened the candidacy field especially on the
Democratic side, with three hopefuls lining up: state Rep. Lorraine M. Fende, Perry Township
Fiscal Officer Christine Page and Mentor-on-the-Lake Mayor John Rogers. On the
GOP side is Riverside Board of Education member Belinda Grassi and former Concord Township Trustee Bob Patterson.
For Lake County commissioner there are eight candidates
running for two positions. Democrats and Republicans have two candidates
running for two seats. For the Jan. 2 term, Commissioner Raymond E. Sines decided not to run.
The Democratic race for Ohio House of Representatives
District 60 has three candidates for the position, as Fende cannot run again
due to term limits.
The GOP race for the newly shaped Ohio House of
Representatives 76th District, consisting of part of Geauga and Portage
counties, proved highly important as the four-way primary winner is likely to
be appointed for the remainder of the term for the 98th House District, which currently
consists of Geauga and eastern Cuyahoga counties.
The 98th House District seat is now held by state Rep. Mary Brigid “Bridey” Matheney,
R-Bainbridge Township, who was recently appointed with the understanding she
would step down after the primary election is certified.
Lake County Tea Party PAC
The political action committee recently announced
candidate endorsements for the March 6 primary.
For the Lake commissioner term commencing Jan. 2, endorsed
were Republicans David M. Fiebig
and Richard Shreve, and
Democrat Ted Andrzejewski.
For the commissioner term commencing Jan. 3, endorsed candidates were
Republicans Linda Burhenne and
For Lake County treasurer, endorsed by the PAC are
Republicans Grassi and Patterson, and Democrat Page.
Lake County GOP endorsement
Lake County Common Pleas Court Judge Eugene A. Lucci was endorsed for
re-election by the county Republican Party. His name was inadvertently left off
the party’s endorsement list in my column two weeks ago.
Campaign kickoff party for Emilee
Teresczuk, candidate for Lake County Clerk of Courts, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
March 14 at Frank and Pauly’s in Mentor. See Brian
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration for Lake County Commissioner Robert E. Aufuldish, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
March 15 at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites LaMalfa in Mentor. See Kathie Aufuldish-Freshour, Ernie Koenig.
St. Patty’s Day Celebration fundraiser for Nancy
McArthur, candidate for Ohio Senate District 32, from 4 to 8 p.m.
March 17. See Michael McArthur.
Fundraiser for state Rep. Ron Young,
6 to 8 p.m. March 19 at Stadium Grill in Mentor. See Jini Gorg.
Spring Fever Celebration for Fiebig, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 21 at Willoughby
Hills Community Center. See Joyce
Hribar Fiebig, Cindy Quinn-Hopkins.
John Arthur Hutchison