With the retirement of Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg
slated for year’s end, who might be on tap to replace her
on the bench?
It will be up to Gov. John Kasich
to appoint a new
justice, as Stratton’s term expires in 2014.
The Republican governor recently said he and his staff
would evaluate applicants with input from several distinguished legal
professionals from across the state.
Kasich said that he will accept applications through Nov.
16 and would like to announce an appointment by the end of the year, but would
take whatever time is needed to evaluate candidates for his decision.
Might there be some interest by some local folks?
How about Diane
or Tim Grendell
? She’s been
an 11th District Court of Appeals Court judge since 2000 and has served as a
visiting judge for Ohio Supreme Court cases.
Tim Grendell currently sits on the bench as Geauga County
Probate/Juvenile Court judge.
He’s no stranger to the appointment process as Kasich
appointed him in September 2011 to his current role on the bench.
What about Lake County Common Pleas Court Judges Richard L.
., Vincent A. Culotta
or Eugene A. Lucci
Remember Lucci ran for 11th District Court of Appeals in
2010 and was the Republican Party’s nominee after winning a primary against Colleen O’Toole
Because the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Ohio
Secretary of State Jon Husted
’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling, there
will indeed be in-person absentee voting across the state for the final three
days before the Nov. 6 election. Those hours are: Nov. 3, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.;
Nov. 4, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Local election officials now at least know what to expect
as the case had remained in legal limbo for weeks during the appeals process.
The decision to extend hours during the week and on the
final three days will require staffing and time to assist voters with their
I think it will be interesting to see what that means in
terms of lines at elections board offices. Elections officials hope with
expanded hours during the weekdays voters who choose to vote an in-person
absentee ballot won’t have to wait long because they will have more
Will voters go to their respective elections boards on
that Sunday? Some elections officials expressed relief that the in-person
voting ends at 2 p.m. on that Monday because they will need time to process
those voters and make sure that all the poll books reflect that someone already
Soup and crackers lunch with David M. Fiebig
candidate for Lake County commissioner, 11:30 to 1 p.m. Oct. 29 at Surfside
Towers Party Room in Eastlake.
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n Judy Moran
, candidate for Lake
County commissioner, hosts a Ladies Luncheon with special guest speaker Kathy
Purmal, noon to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21, at Cappelli’s Party Center in Mentor. See Kathy Russo
or Shirely Vesel
Last Clam Bake for U.S. Rep. Steven
, with proceeds to be given to the campaign of David Joyce
candidate for Ohio’s 14th Congressional District, 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at the
Croatian Lodge in Eastlake. See Nick Ciofani
John Arthur Hutchison
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