Before David Joyce
was named as the new Republican Party
nominee for Ohio’s 14th Congressional District, there were several others who
could have been selected.
However, Joyce, who has served as Geauga County prosecutor
for 24 years, worked to earn unanimous support from party leaders to get the
nomination. He will be a good candidate and I consider him the favorite against
I believe if some others had expressed they wanted the
nomination it would have been very interesting when the seven party chairman
and seven county central committee secretaries met to cast their votes.
and Tim Grendell
and Vincent Culotta
were among those initially under consideration when U.S. Rep. Steven C.
decided to retire.
Ultimately, they each passed on the chance to head to
One reason I think each declined is because they’d have
had to step down from the bench in order to run for Congress, as they would not
be allowed to run while in office.
That means they’d have to give up a paycheck for several
months without any guarantee of winning, although each likely would have been
Judges like Culotta and the Grendells normally are on the
ballot every six years. But, Tim Grendell has an election this fall to keep his
seat on the Geauga County Probate/Juvenile Court bench for the next few years,
because he’s filling an unexpired term.
Those serving in Congress face re-election every two
years, so just as you get settled in, it’s time to think about campaigning.
I also think LaTourette’s chief of staff Dino DiSanto
would have gotten strong consideration had he wanted the position, but he
decided against it.
Others who were interested in the nomination such as
former state Rep. Matt Dolan
and state Rep. Ron Young
didn’t get enough support from the party chairman and central committee
But in two years, when the position is up again, it will
be all hands on deck. No matter who wins this November, Joyce or Blanchard, I
think there will be primaries on both the GOP and Democratic sides in 2014, and
look for some of the same names I’ve mentioned.
Lake County recorder update
With Lake County Recorder Frank A. Suponcic
resignation effective on Friday, the county Republican Party will need to make
an appointment to fill the vacant position.
Suponcic said when he announced his resignation that he
be appointed as the new recorder. Wuliger is the Republican
Party’s nominee for the position Nov. 6 and he faces Democrat Ann Radcliffe
The Republican Party has a meeting set Wednesday for other
purposes but once Suponcic’s resignation is official it is likely the party
will add making an appointment to fill the vacancy to the agenda.
Although stranger things have happened, look for Wuliger
to get that appointment.
The Bolton Republican Women’s Club invites all interested
ladies to attend the Cupcakes and Candidates Social from 5:30 to 7:30 Sept. 12
at The Confectionary Cupboard in Mentor. Attendees will an opportunity to meet
candidates and discuss issues.
Fundraiser for Lori DiNallo
candidate for Ohio House of Representatives District 60, with guest Ohio House
of Representatives Speaker Bill Batchelder
, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the home
in Willoughby. See Jan Clair
or Sally DiNallo
Fundraiser for state Rep. Casey Kozlowski
candidate for Ohio House of Representatives District 99, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday
at the home of Tom
and Melissa Pope
in Saybrook Township.
Fifth Annual Oktoberfest for Judy Moran
candidate for Lake County commissioner, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Regovich’s
in Eastlake. See Kathy Russo
or Robert Leach
n Susan McGuinness
, candidate for
Ohio House of Representatives District 61, hosts a fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Hellriegel’s Inn in Painesville Township. See Lindsay Baruffa
Golf Outing and Dinner fundraiser
, candidate for Ohio Senate District 32, lunch at noon,
tee-off at 1 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at Fowlers Mill in Chester
Township. See Jim
Flaiz or Mike Petruziello
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: 2012 election, Dale Virgil Blanchard, David Joyce, Diane Grendell, Dino DiSanto, Matt Dolan, Ohio 14th Congressional District, Ron Young, Steve LaTourette, Tim Grendell