It took nine rounds and
three hours of voting, but Geauga County Republicans finally selected
to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot as the party’s candidate to
fill former Commissioner Bill Young’s term.
Samide eventually got
the nod Tuesday night by one vote against Skip Claypool
That came after
Flaiz, Jim McConnell
and Mark Porter
eventually dropped out.
Even then, some members won’t budge on their votes, much to the dismay of party
No candidate could get
25 votes by secret ballot even when it came down to just Claypool and Samide,
as some members refused to vote for either.
Chairman Ed Ryder
finally called for a roll call vote that gave Samide the victory.
Claypool didn’t come
away empty-handed, though, as he was later that night appointed to serve as
commissioner until after the election because Young’s retirement was effective
June 30 and the position was vacant.
County Democrats on Monday night nominated Jim Dvorak
as their candidate for
the race to fill the term that expires Dec. 31, 2014. So it will be Dvorak vs.
Samide in that race for the unexpired term.
The vote that led to
Samide’s Nov. 6 nomination brought to a head a division within the Geauga County
Some within the party
wanted to see a change in the county commissioners’ office and they did not
want to give Samide another opportunity. After all, Samide who sought
re-election to a four-year term, was defeated in the March 6 GOP primary by Ralph Spidalieri
I’m wondering how this
all might translate in November. Geauga County Democrats likely view recent
developments as an enhanced opportunity to capture a seat (or two?) on the
Board of Commissioners.
Will Samide now get
support from those who wanted her out of office? Perhaps some registered
Republicans will choose not to cast a ballot in that race or even, gasp, vote
for a Democrat?
The timing of Young’s
retirement also means all three commissioner seats will be on the Nov. 6 ballot
as Commissioner Tracy Jemison
faces Democrat Fred Welty
faces Democrat Christopher John Lacny
Are the winds of change
blowing in Geauga County?
The Lake County TEA
Party will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Harvey High School Auditorium in
Painesville to conduct a forum for Ohio Senate District 18 and Lake County
candidate for Ohio House of Representatives District 61, hosts a summer BBQ at
5:30 p.m. Thursday at Perry Township Park.
State Rep. Casey Kozlowski
R-Pierpont Township, who represents the Ohio House of Representatives 99th
District that next year will include portions of Geauga County, will meet with
residents from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 26 at the Chardon Library.
Geauga County Sheriff Daniel McClelland
hosts 2012 Rib Dinner, 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday at Troy Community House in Troy Township. See Craig Richter
Fundraiser for Nancy McArthur
, candidate for Ohio Senate District 32,
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Southington Hunt Club, 10321 Silica Sand Rd.,
Garrettsville. See Jeannine Soltis
State Rep. Ron
hosts a fundraiser with special guest Ohio House of
Representatives Speaker Bill Batchelder
from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 23 at
Young’s home in Leroy Township. See Young.
County Commissioner Robert E. Aufuldish
hosts ninth annual Ferrante Winery
Celebration, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 at Ferrante Winery & Ristorante,
Harpersfield Township. See Ernie Koenig
or Kathie Aufuldish-Freshour
tasting event honoring Judge Mary Jane Trapp
, 11th District Court of Appeals Court, 5
to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at St. Joseph Vineyard, Madison Township. See Mike Apicella
n David Fiebig
John Arthur Hutchison
candidate for Lake County commissioner, backyard barbeque, 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 11
at home of David
in Concord Township. See Joyce Hribar Fiebig
or John Plecnik
Labels: 2012 election, Geauga County commissioner, Geauga County Democratic Party, Geauga County Republican Party, Jim Dvorak, Mary Samide, Ralph Spidalieri, Skip Claypool