Lake County Commissioner Daniel P. Troy
his party’s nomination March 6 to run Nov. 6 for the Ohio House of Representatives
District 60 seat.
Troy defeated Willowick Democrat James Helmink
Eastlake Democrat Laura DePledge
. Painesville Councilwoman Lori
was unopposed in the Republican Party primary.
So Troy will face DiNallo in November, right?
Well, there is increased speculation that Troy might not run
for the position after all and instead serve the remaining two years of his
When Troy was in the process of making a decision last year
on whether to run for a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives, he was
Troy enjoys service as a commissioner, but he also felt a
strong pull to serve in Columbus, where he served as a state representative for
14 years in the 1980s and 1990s.
Supporters would mention to him that he should stay in Lake
County and utilize his experience on the three-member Board of Commissioners.
Also weighing on the decision was if elected to serve in
Columbus, he might be part of the minority party that has a smaller voice in
how things are run.
That’s because Republicans currently hold the office of
governor and both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly, although the majority
party could change next year in the House, but not likely the Senate.
As a commissioner, Troy is highly influential regarding
decisions made on a county level. Would he have that same level of clout in
If Troy wins election as a state representative, the Lake
County Democratic Party would then be able to appoint someone to complete the
remaining two years on his commissioner term.
Democrats such as Willoughby Hills Councilman Kevin
, former state Rep. Mark Schneider
of Mentor, and former
Willoughby Municipal Court Judge Larry Allen
have expressed some
interest in a possible appointment.
There could be several other names that could come to the
forefront if the situation presents itself.
But what if Troy dropped out as the Democratic nominee for
Ohio House District 60?
The county Democratic Party would need to make an
appointment for a new candidate to run against DiNallo.
However, a state representative needs to live within the
district they represent, so that would narrow the field of potential
Due to state reapportionment that takes effect next year,
the 60th House District will consist of Eastlake, Fairport Harbor, Grand River,
Lakeline, Mentor Ward 4, Mentor-on-the-Lake, Painesville, parts of Painesville
Township, Timberlake, Wickliffe, Willoughby and Willowick.
Interestingly, Malecek, Schneider and Allen currently in
what will be District 61 consisting of Kirtland, Kirtland Hills, Mentor Wards
1-3, North Perry Village, Perry Village, Waite Hill, Willoughby Hills, the
townships of Concord, Leroy, Madison, Perry and parts of Painesville Township.
It would be surprising if Troy didn’t continue to run for
state representative, especially after he was critical of former state Sen. Tim
’s decision to stay in the Ohio Senate after he won election to the
Ohio House of Representatives in November 2010.
Grendell’s situation was slightly different because it was a
general election, not a party primary in the spring to nominate a candidate to
run in the fall.
There is a lot of time left before November rolls around,
let’s see if Troy changes his mind.
n Willoughby-Eastlake Levy Committee will host a pasta dinner
fundraiser, 4 to 7 p.m. May 14 at the Stadium Bar and Grill in Mentor.
n Eleventh District Court of Appeals Court Judge Mary
will have a fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 16 at the home
of Todd and Susan Petersen in Munson Township. See Mike Apicella
n Lake County Engineer James R. Gills
hosts his 12th
Annual Pig Roast with guest state Rep. Ron Young
, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
May 16 at the Lake County FOP Hall Pavilion in Concord Township. See Bruce
n Lake County Sheriff Daniel A. Dunlap
, 21st annual
golf outing and steak dinner, June 8 at Painesville Country Club. See Frank
, Sheryl DePledge
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: 2012 election, Daniel P. Troy, Lake County, Lake County Democratic Party, Lori DiNallo, Mary Jane Trapp, Ohio politics, Tim Grendell