Look for Lake County
to make his decision possibly this week.
If you don’t know, Troy
is the Democratic Party’s nominee for Ohio House of Representatives District 60
after he won the March 6 primary and faces Republican Lori DiNallo
a Painesville councilwoman, in the Nov. 6 election.
For the past few
months, Troy has considered, not all that privately, whether to allow the Lake
County Democratic Party to nominate someone else to run against DiNallo. He
then would remain as commissioner two more years until his term expires.
What this has done is
prompt Troy to make a choice at some point. If he chooses not to decide, he
still makes a choice — to stay as the state representative candidate.
But if Troy chooses to
drop out of the race, some believe the person nominated to take his place could
be Mentor-on-the-Lake Mayor John Rogers
, a Lake County deputy treasurer who ran in
the Democratic Party March 6 primary for treasurer, but lost to state Rep. Lorraine Fende
Fende, who is
term-limited from running against this year for Ohio House of Representatives,
faces Concord Township Republican Bob Patterson
in the county
treasurer’s race Nov. 6.
Troy wishes he could do
both jobs — return to the Statehouse, where he served for 14 years, and stay as
commissioner — but he cannot.
What if Troy drops out?
Some Democrats will be highly upset. They don’t like the idea that Troy would
seek the party’s nomination and then hand it back.
Perhaps jumping the
gun, there are some folks already trying to line up support for a possible
commissioner appointment under the assumption Troy wins a seat in Columbus.
Would the decision to
stay as commissioner hurt Troy’s political future? Possibly, as it might prompt
a Democratic primary challenger in 2014, if he were to seek another four-year
term as commissioner.
I’m not so sure Troy is
concerned about potential political ramifications if he decides to remain as a
commissioner. What I think he’s concerned about the most, quite frankly, is
where he believes he could do the most good. In Columbus, he’s likely a member
of the minority party trying to shape state law and policies. As a
commissioner, he’s a big fish in a smaller Lake County pond.
Whatever is the result
of Troy’s choice will make waves, so let’s see what develops.
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hosts ninth annual Ferrante Winery Celebration, 5:30 to
8 p.m. Wednesday at Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Harpersfield Township.
or Kathie Aufuldish-Freshour.
Wine tasting event
honoring Judge Mary Jane Trapp
, 11th District Court of Appeals Court, 5
to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Vineyard, Madison Township. See Mike Apicella
Fundraiser for Jim Dvorak
candidate for Geauga County commissioner, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at
Colonial Wine and Beverage, 8389 Mayfield Road, Chester Township. See Dvorak.
n David Fiebig
candidate for Lake County commissioner, backyard barbecue, 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 11
at home of David
in Concord Township. See Joyce Hribar Fiebig
or John Plecnik
n Judy Moran
candidate for Lake County commissioner, fundraiser hosted by Dan Mcurdy
with special guest U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan
, 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Mentor Beach Park. See Kathy Russo
or Robert Leach.
Fundraiser for Emilee Teresczuk
candidate for Lake County Clerk of Courts, 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 13 at Harry Buffalo
in Painesville Township. See Emilee or Matthew Teresczuk
Fundraiser for Susan McGuinness
candidate for Ohio House of Representatives District 61, 5:30 to 7:30, Aug. 14
at home of Joyce
. See Lindsay Baruffa
or Carol Roe
Fourth annual Labor
Day Picnic for Wickliffe Mayor Bill Margalis
, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Aug. 31 at Wickliffe Italian American Club Picnic Pavalion. See Sue Margalis
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Labels: 2012 election, Bob Patterson, Daniel P. Troy, John Rogers, Lake County Democratic Party, Lori DiNallo, Lorraine Fende, Ohio Democratic Party