It’s still a bit early to discuss the 2014 election year
in Ohio, but the first Democratic challenger has filed to run for a statewide
, a former Cincinnati councilman and
Hamilton County commissioner, filed paperwork with the Ohio Secretary of
State’s office declaring his intent to run for Ohio attorney general.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
, a Republican, hasn’t
filed to run for re-election, but he likely will.
Pepper also ran statewide in 2010 as a candidate for Ohio
auditor, but lost to Auditor Dave Yost
, a Republican.
Other Democrats considering statewide bids and who may
file in the near future are Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald
for governor and state Sen. Nina Turner
of Cleveland for Ohio secretary of state.
The U.S. Senate failing to move forward with gun control
legislation may have jump-started another political campaign in Ohio — for
State Rep. Bob Hagan
, a Youngstown Democrat
who obviously was upset with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman
voting no on weapons
legislation, announced on Twitter that he will run for U.S. Senate against
“Senator Portman shows his lack of courage and testicular
fortitude. The NRA wwns him. I am declaring my candidacy,” Hagan tweeted with
the remainder of his statement appearing on his Facebook page. “to run against
him in the next election. I will be his hair shirt for the next three years.”
A few hours after his comment was picked up by media
outlets, Hagan tweeted again and explained what he meant: “Some have asked of
my seriousness in challenging Portman for U.S. Senate. I will be his hair shirt
making him itch from his pro NRA vote.”
In a statement released after his vote, Portman, R-Ohio,
defended his position and said that he carefully reviewed the legislation.
“I do not believe it would be effective in preventing the
kind of heartbreaking loss of life seen in Newtown or in other recent tragic
incidents,” Portman said. “It does, however, contain several provisions that
would make it more difficult for law-abiding Ohioans to exercise their
Constitutionally-guaranteed rights. I do believe there are actions Congress can
and should take to reduce gun violence without infringing on Second Amendment
rights, and I look forward to supporting such amendments.”
Bolton Republican Women’s Club
Mother’s Day Event, “Honoring Our Mothers” at 6 p.m. May 6
at The Painesville Area Senior Citizens Center with special guest speaker Lake
County Juvenile Court Judge Karen Lawson
. See Heidi Callender
or call Lake County
Republican Party headquarters.
State Sen. Capri S. Cafaro
will hold a
community meeting at 6 p.m. April 29 at the Municipal Center in Chardon on
April 29th to provide residents with a legislative update regarding work in the
People who recently have filed candidacy petitions in Lake
County are David
for Mentor-on-the-Lake mayor and William Brotzman
Madison Township trustee.
Recently signing out candidacy petitions are Connie Newyear
for Willoughby-Eastlake School Board, Jennifer Jakosh
Mentor-on-the-Lake City Council, Robert Carr
for Willoughby Council
Ward 4 and Chris
for Willoughby Council Ward 1.
Lake County Treasurer-elect Lorraine M.
will host “Fende’s Victory” spaghetti dinner from 5:30 to 7:30
p.m. April 29 at Dino’s Restaurant and Banquet Center in Willoughby. See Diane Fox
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
Fundraiser for state Rep. Ron Young
2 to 4 p.m. May 5 at Perry Community Center. See Young.
Lake County Sheriff Daniel A. Dunlap
Golf and Steak Fry, 10:30 a.m. shotgun start June 7 at Painesville Country
Club. See Lu
or Frank Leonbruno
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: 2014 election, Bob Hagan, Dave Yost, David Pepper, Ed FitzGerald, Mike DeWine, Nina Turner, Ohio Democratic Party, Ohio Republican Party, Rob Portman