Lake County was once again in the spotlight this past week
as part of ongoing discussion about the state’s upcoming biennial budget
proposed by Gov. John Kasich
The governor appeared Wednesday night at the Lake County
Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner where he worked the crowd to
support his proposals that include tax reform and an expansion of Medicaid.
Also in attendance were other statewide officials
including Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
and Ohio Supreme Court
, whom Kasich appointed Jan. 1.
Noting of his surroundings, Kasich immediately
acknowledged he will need to appoint a new Lake County Probate Court Judge and
he joked that everyone in the room seemed to be a candidate.
All kidding aside, the governor has not backed down on his
desire to accept federal funding to help Ohio expand Medicaid despite
objections from conservatives who continue to voice concerns that it will lead
to more government dependency and who say there is no guarantee that the
federal government will honor its pledge to provide 100 percent funding for the
first three years.
Many Republicans aren’t happy with the governor’s budget
proposal because of the Medicaid expansion. Democrats typically are pleased by
the expansion but oppose the budget on many other points especially the idea to
expand the sales tax base to include services that are not subject to the tax.
How the state budget shapes out will likely have an impact
on how the governor is perceived if and when he formally announces a
As the 2014 election of statewide office holders starts to
come into focus, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald
appears to be the
front-runner in the Ohio Democratic Party to run against Kasich.
If FitzGerald does in fact run for governor that would
create an opening for Cuyahoga County executive.
Among the local Democratic names who may have an interest
is state Rep. Armond
of Beachwood, who served as Ohio House Speaker in 2009 and
Prior to this development, many thought Budish would (and
still may be) consider a run for Ohio Senate District 25, which includes half
of Lake County.
Budish is termed out and cannot seek re-election to the
Ohio House and sources indicate he’s considering a run for executive.
Ohio Senate District 25 could also play out to be
important statewide, as state Sen. Nina Turner
, D-Cleveland, who
currently represents the district, could run for Ohio Secretary of State in
2014. She hasn’t made a decision on whether to seek re-election or to run
Activists and supporters really want her to run for
statewide office and the Ohio Democratic Party even released a website
www.RunNinaRun.org to urge her to do so.
If Budish and Turner run for the aforementioned offices,
that potentially opens the door for two former state Reps. — Ed Jerse
of Euclid, and Kenny Yuko
of Richmond Heights.
Jerse last served as a state legislator in 2004, when he
could not seek re-election due to term limits. That opened the door for Yuko’s
election and he also served four terms before term limits prevented him from
running last November.
Jerse also has some experience campaigning in Lake County
as he ran for Ohio’s 14th Congressional District in the 2004 Democratic
Primary, when he finished second to Capri S. Cafaro
, who now is a state
senator representing District 32, which includes a portion of Geauga County.
will host a kickoff
fundraiser for his Eastlake mayor campaign, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 17 at
Trader Jack’s Riverside Grille in Eastlake. See Donna Vaughn
or Barb Morley
Lake County Commissioner Judy Moran
will host a fundraiser from 5 to 7:30 p.m. April 18 at Dino’s Banquet Center in
Willoughby. See Kathy Russo
Willoughby Hills Councilman Kevin D. Malecek
Annual Cinco De Mayo Fundraiser, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 1 at Willoughby Hills
Community Center. See Malecek or Nora Colburn
Labels: 2014 election, Armond Budish, Capri Cafaro, Ed FitzGerald, Ed Jerse, John Kasich, Jon Husted, Judith L. French, Kenny Yuko