With about six weeks to go until the Nov. 6 election, many
voters now start to pay attention.
Unless you live under a rock though, most everyone knows
that President Barack Obama
seeks re-election and the Republican
challenger is Mitt
The race for U.S. Senate in Ohio pits incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown
D-Ohio, against Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel
, a Republican.
But what many people don’t realize is there are other
people running for these positions as well. They come from “minor” parties or
are nonpartisan. A lot of times when a voter goes to cast his or her ballot
they might think ‘Who are these people?’”.
In Ohio, there actually are seven candidates on the ballot
for president including Obama and Romney. The other five are Stewart
, Socialist; Richard Duncan
, nonpartisan; Virgil Goode
, Libertarian; and Jill Stein
, Green Party.
For the U.S. Senate race, Scott A. Rupert
nonpartisan candidate on the ballot running against Brown and Mandel.
There are four people on the Nov. 6 ballot for Ohio’s 14th
Congressional District. You know, the one from which U.S. Rep. Steven C.
decided to retire.
They are Democrat Dale Virgil Blanchard
, Republican David P. Joyce
, and Green Party candidate Elaine R. Mastromatteo
So why do minor parties or nonpartisan candidates run when
it seems so often they don’t win or have a realistic chance?
Minor party or nonpartisan candidates who run in partisan
contests usually want their voice to be heard. They also want to offer voters
Perhaps their platform is a combination of what the major
parties offer or maybe what they believe and stand for is far different than
the mainstream and they want people to know about it.
However, it can be difficult to get that message out
because so often it takes money and/or name recognition to accomplish that.
Whenever free opportunities for publicity are provided
they must take advantage of that, such as a newspaper like The News-Herald
asking candidates to return an election questionnaire. For this election, each
of the four 14th Congressional District candidates did that.
Mastromatteo and Macko also plan to conduct their own
“Third Party Candidate” debate at 7 p.m. Thursday at Elm Street School in
and Terri Hamila
Eastlake host an meet and greet 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for candidates David Fiebig,
John Hamercheck, Bob Patterson, Lori DiNallo
and John Eklund
The Western Reserve Women’s
Republican Club hosts a luncheon at the Hillbrook Club in Russell Township on
Friday with Joyce as featured speaker. Contact Mary Ellen Schron
The News-Herald, League of Women
Voters, and Lake County Chambers of Commerce will co-host a forum for the four
Lake County commissioner candidates at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Erie College in
Painesville Area Chamber of Commerce
hosts its annual luncheon with candidates and issue representatives Friday at
Hellriegel’s Inn in Painesville Township.
The League of Women Voters of
Geauga County will host four candidates nights: 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at West Geauga
High School, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Geauga County Senior Center in Claridon
Township, 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Chardon Middle School, and 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Kenston
School in Auburn Township.
Fundraiser for John Patterson
candidate for Ohio House of Representatives District 99, with U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan
as featured speaker, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Grotto Hall in Ashtabula
Township. See Michael
and Jamie Callender
host a fundraiser for Ohio House of Representative Republican candidates in
Lake and Geauga counties, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at their home in Concord
Township. See Heidi.
Lake County Commissioner Daniel P. Troy
hosts his Fall Classic and Clam Bake, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, 5 p.m. dinner
Oct. 1 at Lost Nation Municipal Golf Course in Willoughby. See Troy or Kip Molenaar
n Werner Barthol
, candidate for Lake
County prosecutor, hosting Oktoberfest 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 at Lake Metroparks
Painesville Township Park Community Center/Ballroom. See Kelly Barthol
or James Falvey
Fall clambake for John Rogers
candidate for Ohio House of Representatives District 60, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct.
11 at Mentor Beach Park in Mentor-on-the-Lake. See Rogers or John Crocker
Labels: 2012 election, Barack Obama, Dale Virgil Blanchard, David Joyce, David Macko, Elaine R. Mastromatteo, Josh Mandel, Mitt Romney, Ohio 14th Congressional District, Sherrod Brown, Steve LaTourette