Now that former Gov. Ted Strickland
has made a decision that he will not run for governor in 2014, expect to see
decisions fairly soon from other Democrats.
Gov. John Kasich
a Republican, has not officially announced that he would seek re-election next
year, but all signs point to him running.
Kasich will present a
formidable challenge for any Democratic opponent after seemingly rebounding
after essentially coming up on the losing end of statewide referendum in
November 2011 to repeal Senate Bill 5, which aimed to limit collective
bargaining rights for public employees.
Expect Cuyahoga County
to make a decision on whether he will run for governor fairly
soon. FitzGerald also would be up for re-election in 2014, so he may need to
make a choice.
FitzGerald appears to
be acting like a candidate as he spoke of his interest to a crowd at the Ohio
Democratic County Chairs Association on Wednesday night in Columbus. Reports
indicate he fell short of making an official announcement or decision.
Others mentioned as
possible candidates are U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan
, D-Niles, and former U.S.
, D-Copley. Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray
also has been mentioned, but he is not permitted to discuss politics because he
is chief of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
State Sen. Nina Turner
D-Cleveland, appears to have a solid interest in running for Ohio Secretary of
State in 2014.
Turner represents Ohio
Senate District 25, which now includes Ohio House District 60, which
contains Eastlake, Fairport Harbor,
Grand River, Lakeline, Mentor Ward 4, Mentor-on-the-Lake, Painesville, parts of
Painesville Township, Timberlake, Wickliffe, Willoughby and Willowick in Lake
County, plus Euclid, Richmond Heights and other eastern Cuyahoga County
If Turner decides to
run for statewide office, and a decision will likely happen soon, she would
leave an opening for her state Senate seat that will be on the ballot in 2014.
Would someone locally
have an interest, such as Eastlake Mayor Ted Andrzejewski
, who ran in a
Democratic primary for county commissioner last year, or Willowick Democrat James Helmink
who ran in a primary for Ohio House District 60 last year?
How about former state
, D-Richmond Heights? Remember, Yuko was termed out in the Ohio
House last year.
During the Nov. 6
election, more than 1.86 million voters in Ohio cast absentee ballots.
That includes more than
1.26 million by mail and more than 600,000 cast in person, Ohio Secretary of
That’s up from 2008,
when the total number of absentee ballots cast, both by mail and in person, was
roughly 1.74 million.
Husted attributed the
increase two key policy changes implemented for the first time — all registered
voters received an absentee ballot application in the mail and uniform days and
hours statewide that included an increase in the number of voting hours
Husted did not mention
in his news release that a court ruled that Ohio should have in-person voting
hours on the final weekend before the election.
Husted’s office also
issued a report on provisional ballots that stated of the 208,087 provisional
ballots cast, 173,765 (83.5 percent) were counted, up from 166,870 (80 percent)
Of the 34,322
provisional ballots rejected this year, 20,119 (58.6 percent) were not eligible
to be counted because the person was not registered to vote in Ohio.
provisional ballots were rejected in 2008.
People who have
officially signed out petitions from the Lake County Elections Board to run for
office Nov. 5 are: Ray Kirchner, Janet Dowling
and Scott Marn
each for Mentor Council at large; Chris Galloway
and Paul Malchesky
for Concord Township trustee; Bill Brotzman
for Madison Township
for Perry Township trustee; Amy Cossick
Painesville Township trustee; John G. McCallister
Council at large and Mentor School Board; Troy D. Elam
and David R. Eva
for Mentor-on-the-Lake mayor.
nonpartisan races for the General Election have until Aug. 7 to file their
John Arthur Hutchison
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