Now that Lake County
Commissioner Daniel P. Troy has
won the Democratic Party nomination to run Nov. 6 for the Ohio House of
Representatives District 60 seat, what might happen if he is elected to serve
First of all, Troy must
defeat Painesville Councilwoman Lori
DiNallo, who was unopposed in the Republican Party primary.
The Nov. 6 election is
several months away so anything can happen as the new campaign season begins.
But it’s time for
speculation and if Troy does win, there would be another opening on the
three-member Lake County Board of Commissioners. If not, Troy still has two
years remaining on his four-year term as commissioner.
Regardless, the county
Commission will be different next year, no matter what, because Commissioner Raymond E. Sines, a Perry Village
Republican, chose not to seek re-election.
Councilman at large David M. Fiebig
and Willowick Councilwoman Judy Moran
will square off to see who wins that seat.
Commissioner Robert E. Aufuldish, a Wickliffe
Democrat, won his primary and faces Madison Village Councilman John Hamercheck, a Republican.
So what if Troy wins?
The Lake County Democratic Party would then get to appoint a new county
commissioner to replace him.
I believe whoever gets
the appointment greatly depends on how the Nov. 6 election unfolds.
What if Fiebig defeats
Moran? She’s run twice for commissioner, so it’s no secret she would like the
Say state Rep. Lorraine M. Fende, a candidate for
Lake County treasurer, is unsuccessful in her bid for the position against
former Concord Township Trustee Bob
Patterson, a Republican. She would most likely be interested in the
If Fende wins election
as treasurer, how about Mentor-on-the-Lake Mayor John Rogers or Eastlake Councilwoman Laura DePledge, who both just lost a
three-way primary to Fende?
Word is that former
state Rep. Mark Schneider, a
Mentor Democrat, might be interested especially after he just won election to
the Ohio Democratic Party’s state Central Committee.
How about Willoughby
Hills Councilman Kevin Malecek,
a Democrat who is the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce executive director and
Laketran Board of Trustees chairman? Malecek is a member of the county
Democratic Party’s executive committee and has worked on numerous campaigns to
help other candidates win, so maybe now it’s his turn?
Heck, it’s not
inconceivable that if Aufuldish lost his race against Hamercheck, Democrats
could appoint him to finish the last two years of Troy’s term.
Ohio GOP state central
Unofficial results from
the Portage County Elections Board show there is just a 91-vote difference for
the GOP 18th Senate District state Central Committeeman race between former
state Rep. Jamie Callender of
Concord Township and Portage County Republican Party Chairman Andrew Manning. Callender currently
trails, but outstanding ballots will be added into the mix and the official
count of the race takes place March 27, so it’s possible the results could
The district includes
parts of Lake and Geauga counties and all of Portage County, where the results
will be certified.
The winner of the race
could play an important role in who is the next Ohio Republican Party chairman because
the 66-member committee will make that decision. It’s noteworthy because of a
ongoing feud reportedly between Gov. John
Kasich and Ohio GOP Chairman Kevin
n Fundraiser for state Rep. Ron Young, 6 to 8 p.m. March 19 at
Stadium Grill in Mentor. See Jini Gorg.
n Spring Fever Celebration for Fiebig,
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 21 at the Willoughby Hills Community Center. See Joyce Hribar Fiebig or Cindy Quinn-Hopkins.
n Fundraiser for Werner Barthol, candidate for Lake
County prosecutor, 6 to 8 p.m. March 22 at the Croatian Lodge in Eastlake. See James Falvey or Kelly Barthol.
n Campaign kickoff for 11th District
Court of Appeals Judge Mary Jane Trapp,
4:30 to 7 p.m. March 29 at The English Pub in Ravenna. See Mike Apicella.
John Arthur Hutchison