A new era began in Lake County after Judy Moran
was sworn-in Tuesday as the first Democratic female commissioner in the county’s
172 years of history.
Moran, formerly Willowick Council’s president, now is the
second woman to serve as a Lake County commissioner. Republican Mildred M.
was the first woman to serve as a commissioner before
retiring in January 2003.
Democratic Party women in Lake County also have fared well
in recent elections including winning four positions at the county level on
Lorraine M. Fende
won election as treasurer, Ann M. Radcliffe
was elected recorder, and Maureen G. Kelly
was re-elected to her second term as
clerk of courts.
When Kelly was first elected in 2008, she became the first
Democrat in 40 years to be elected to the position and the first Democratic
woman to serve as clerk.
As for other candidates who will appear on the ballot this
year, only one race in the county is eligible to have a partisan primary in May
— Mentor Municipal Court judge.
Judge John Trebets
has served as the court’s judge after he
was first elected to a six-year term in 2001 and then re-elected in 2007.
The filing deadline to run as a candidate for Mentor
Municipal Court judge is Feb. 6 and if there was a primary it would be held May
7 along with any special election involving issues such as school levies.
Nonpartisan races for the Nov. 5 General Election have
until Aug. 7 to file nominating petitions with the county Elections Board. Some
candidates have already taken out petitions.
Strickland nearing decision?
Look for some development in the next few weeks on who
could be the Democratic Party’s 2014 candidate for Ohio governor.
Democrat sources say that former Gov. Ted Strickland
is being vetted for a potential position in President Barack Obama
administration, especially after Strickland played a vital role as an Obama
surrogate during the presidential campaign.
If that doesn’t happen, it’s quite possible that
Strickland may throw his hat into the ring to challenge incumbent Gov. John Kasich,
setting up a possible rematch.
The race between Strickland and Kasich in 2010 was fairly
close, so it might be interesting to see the two battle once again.
If Strickland declines to run, many think that Cuyahoga
County Executive Ed FitzGerald
will decide to seek the party nomination.
Coming from Ohio’s largest county, FitzGerald likely would
do well in Northeast Ohio, but it’s not certain how he would fare in other
areas of the state where his name is not as well-known as someone like Kasich
Other names often tossed around as potential Democratic
gubernatorial candidates are U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan
, D-Niles; and Richard Cordray
former Ohio Attorney General and treasurer, who now serves as director of the
U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Once again, the country was led down the path of
brinkmanship when Congress passed legislation by a vote of 257-167 Tuesday
night to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.
All five House Democrats from Ohio voted in favor and
Ohio’s House Republicans split, six voting in favor and seven against.
Those voting in favor were Democrats Marcia Fudge, Marcy
Kaptur, Dennis Kucinich, Tim Ryan
and Betty Sutton
Boehner, Bill Johnson, Steve LaTourette, Robert Latta, Steve Stivers,
Members who voted against the legislation were Republicans
Austria, Steve Chabot, Bob Gibbs, Jim Jordan, Jim Renacci, Jean Schmidt
As for LaTourette, he leaves his post during an unusually
busy final few days of his term. Now U.S. Rep. David P. Joyce
R-Russell Township, who was sworn-in Thursday, will represent Ohio’s 14th
There has been some rumblings that Sutton, D-Copley, who
is now a former U.S. Rep. who lost a bitter battle on Nov. 6 against Renacci,
R-Wadsworth, might consider a move to Ohio’s 14th Congressional District to potentially
run again for Congress in 2014. However, local sources say it appears that’s
not likely to happen.
John Arthur Hutchison
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