The Geauga County Republican Central Committee is poised
to meet Tuesday to appoint a new county commissioner.
We know that an appointment is needed after Commissioner Bill Young
retired from his seat effective June 30. The unexpired term runs through Dec.
31, 2014, so the person appointed could serve through that time.
After Young’s resignation became effective, the Committee
has five to 45 days to appoint a new commissioner, according to state law.
When Young announced his retirement in April, I speculated
that the appointment could go to Commissioner Mary Samide
, who lost her bid for
re-election to Ralph Spidalieri
in the March 6 Republican Party
Samide’s current term as commissioner is set to expire
Jan. 2. But Samide could resign and then switch seats if she was appointed by
county Republicans to fill the remainder of Young’s term.
That would also create a new vacancy as Samide’s term
would need filled. Who could be appointed to fill the last months?
Spidalieri has said he does not want an appointment,
rather he wants to be elected and is on the Nov. 6 ballot facing Democrat Christopher John
, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Among names that have floated around as possible
appointees for commissioner are Newbury Trustee Jan Blair
, Jim McConnell
of Chester Township, and South Russell Village Councilman Jim Flaiz
How about former state Rep. Mary Brigid “Bridey” Matheney,
She agreed to resign her position in Columbus after the
Ohio House GOP agreed to appoint the March 6 winner of the Ohio House of
Representatives 76th District Republican primary to serve as the 98th House
District state representative.
State Rep. Matt Lynch, R-Bainbridge Township,
won that race, and he was appointed to serve the remainder of the 98th House
District term that expires this year.
As the 76th House District GOP primary
winner, Lynch appears on the Nov. 6 ballot as the party nominee. He’s running
, a Russell Township Democrat who was unopposed in March.
What if Lynch were appointed as commissioner? Probably not
likely, but if that were to happen, then another appointment would be necessary
to fill Lynch’s GOP nomination as the 76th House District candidate. Then
another possible appointment would be needed to fill Lynch’s term for the 98th
My prediction is Samide gets the appointment, but
surprising things always seem to happen involving Geauga County politics.
Eastlake Council President Dennis Morley
he intends to run for Eastlake mayor next year.
n David Fiebig
, candidate for Lake County commissioner,
golf outing Friday at Black Brook golf course in Mentor 9:30 a.m. start, 5 p.m.
dinner. See Dale
or Cindy Quinn-Hopkins
Eastlake Mayor Ted Andrzejewski
annual golf outing 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Friday at Pine Ridge Golf Course in
Wickliffe. See Ted or Patricia Andrzejewski
Fundraiser for Jason Wuliger
, candidate for Lake
County recorder, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 16 at the home of Judy and Roger Sustar,
with special guest U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette
. See Susan Culotta
n Susan McGuinness
, candidate for Ohio House of
Representatives District 61, hosts a summer BBQ at 5:30 p.m. July 19 at Perry
Township Park. See Lindsay D. Baruffa
Geauga County Sheriff Daniel McClelland hosts 2012 Rib
Dinner, 6 to 8 p.m. July 20 at Troy Community House in Troy Township. See Craig Richter
State Rep. Ron Young
hosts a fundraiser with
special guest Ohio House of Representatives Speaker Bill Batchelder
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 23 at Young’s home in Leroy Township. See Young.
Fifth annual golf outing of the Geauga County Democratic
Party with a shotgun start at noon and dinner at 6 p.m. July 29 at Pleasant
Hill Golf Course in Chardon. See Dave Netzband
Labels: 2012 election, Geauga County commissioner, Geauga County Republican Party, Mary Samide, Matt Lynch, Ralph Spidalieri