National observers believe Ohio’s 14th Congressional
District has the potential to play out as a fairly competitive race when
compared to many around the country.
So far, there doesn’t seem to be an abundance of
candidates lining up to run next year, but it’s still early.
Running for Congress usually requires a significant amount
of money and time to operate a successful campaign, so people who want to jump
in the race might need to make some decisions fairly soon.
The seven-county district in Northeast Ohio includes all
of Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula counties, plus portions of Summit, Portage and
U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce
, R-Russell Township,
most likely seeks re-election and he’s got more than $463,000 cash on hand,
according to his latest campaign filing with the Federal Elections Commission.
Joyce is in the middle of his first term, typically a time
when an incumbent can be more vulnerable.
It remains to be seen if another Republican would step up
to seriously challenge Joyce at this point as the incumbent congressman has a
headstart on the fundraising process and appears to be working hard attending
events, meeting with community leaders and learning about his constituents.
Democrat Michael Wager
of Shaker Heights
continues to raise money to run for the position. A quick check with the FEC
shows that Wager’s campaign committee has more than $174,000 cash on hand.
Wager’s last FEC filing shows the bulk of his contributors
have come from Cuyahoga County, which is a relatively small portion of the
Meanwhile, many folks are watching Lake County
, a Willowick Democrat contemplating a potential run next
year for the 14th Congressional District seat.
Troy, whose four-year term as commissioner ends next year,
appears to be weighing whether he will run for re-election to his county post
or if he might have something else in mind.
I don’t think Troy would run for a seat in the Ohio
General Assembly in Columbus especially after he won a Democratic Party primary
for state representative in May 2012, but then decided to withdraw as a
candidate and remain a county commissioner.
After Lake County Probate Court Judge Ted Klammer
died March 13, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor assigned
retired Stark County Probate Court Judge R.R. Denny Clunk
to serve a
three-month assignment on the Probate Court bench.
Sitting judges of the county Common Pleas Court also have
helped cover the Probate Court docket until a judge is appointed by the Gov. John Kasich
I’m hearing that the Lake County Republican Party soon
plans to send a list of recommendations to the governor.
Favorites to appear on that potential list are said to be
(in alphabetical order) Geauga County Assistant Prosecutor Mark Bartolotta
Lake County Probate Court Magistrate Lora Lynne Krider
, Lake County
Assistant Prosecutor John O’Donnell
and Jim O’Leary
, a Painesville Township
Across the state there are at least 15 other judicial
vacancies that need to be filled by the governor, so it may be a while before
Kasich makes the Probate Court appointment.
Recently filing candidacy petitions with the Lake County
Elections Board was Kimberly Evers
for Eastlake Council at large.
Recently signing out candidacy petitions are Matt Jaworski
for Wickliffe Council at large; Greg Sasse
for Mentor Council at
for Perry School Board; Matthew G. Shultz
Council at large; and Bob Fiala
for Willoughby Council Ward 3.
Fundraiser for Willoughby Mayor Dave Anderson
5 to 7 p.m. May 14 at Willoughby Panini’s. See Rick Hart
Lake County Commissioner Robert E.
, 18th annual golf outing, 11:30 a.m. registration May 31
at Powderhorn Country Club in Madison Township. See Kathie Aufuldish-Freshour
or Ernie Koenig
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, Daniel P. Troy, Dave Joyce, Jim O'Leary, John Kasich, John O'Donnell, Lake County Probate Court, Lora Lynne Krider, Mark Bartolotta, Michael Wager, Ohio 14th Congressional District