Let’s just go ahead and call the three-way battle for
Eastlake mayor as the most interesting candidate race this year in Lake County.
Incumbent Mayor Ted Andrzejewski
filed to run a while back before the July 19 deadline and
already started fundraising for their campaigns. It appeared initially this
would be a showdown between the two men.
Councilwoman Cindy Quinn-Hopkins
with her decision to run, and she eventually filed to run for mayor less than
two hours before the deadline.
So what we have here is a special nonpartisan primary to
be held on Sept. 17 in Eastlake. It will be the only one this fall in the
county because other races with a July 19 filing deadline did not have enough
candidates file to trigger a special primary.
What makes the Eastlake mayor race so intriguing is the
top two finishing candidates in the primary will advance to appear on the Nov.
5 ballot. Whomever finishes third is out.
To handicap the race as of right now, I would consider
Andrzejewski a slight favorite, followed closely by Morley and Quinn-Hopkins.
Campaign issues obviously include managing city finances
and — more recently — whether the city pool should have been opened this
Some residents might support Andrzejewski for his desire
to use a projected city surplus to open the pool, while City Council cited
financial concerns in their decision to keep the pool closed.
Before the race rounded into shape, Morley and
Quinn-Hopkins previously had seemed to be on the same page in opposition to
Andrzejewski as mayor, so it will be interesting to see how that relationship
evolves as the campaign ensues.
Some whisper Quinn-Hopkins entered the race because it
provides an additional chance to oust Andrzejewski by forcing a three-way
primary. If the mayor finishes third, then he isn’t re-elected.
Others say although the mayoral race is nonpartisan and
political parties aren’t listed on the ballot, Quinn-Hopkins gives Republicans
a candidate. Andrzejewski and Morley are both registered Democrats.
Quinn-Hopkins told me after she filed that she is excited
to become a leader in the community and noted it’s been a long time since a
woman was mayor.
Regardless of why they run, the candidates are certified
and there is little time for them to waste.
Absentee voting for the primary for uniformed and overseas
citizens begins Aug. 3 (45 days before the election). The general public can
start to vote Aug. 13 (35 days before the election). Voter registration for the
primary race closes Aug. 19.
Lake County Democratic Party Summer Picnic will be noon to
3 p.m. Aug. 11 at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland. No cost to attend, but
RSVP required by contacting the county Democratic Party.
Fundraiser for Mentor Councilman Ray Kirchner
5:30 to 8 p.m. today at Cabanas Restaurant in Mentor. See George Maier
State Rep. Ron Young
hosts Summer Sizzle fundraiser with special guest U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce
6 to 8 p.m. today at South River Winery in Harpersfield Township. See Young.
Lake County Commissioner Robert E.
, 10th Annual Ferrante Winery Celebration in Harpersfield
Township. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. See Ernie Koenig
State Rep. John Rogers
hosts a golf outing Aug. 9 at Madison Country Club. See Rogers or Kip Molenaar
Mentor-on-the-Lake Councilwoman Desirea Thompson
hosts a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10 at Amvets Post 109 in Mentor
on the Lake. See Desirea or John Thompson
Lake County Commissioner Judy Moran
first annual golf outing scramble, 11:30 a.m. lunch Aug. 15 at Madison Country
Club. See Kevin
or Paul Miller
Fundraiser for Riverside School
Board Member Belinda
and Jennifer Harden
, a candidate for Riverside School
Board, 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at Pickle Bills in Grand River. See Grassi or
Lake County Treasurer-elect Lorraine M.
hosts 8th annual Steakroast from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at
the Wickliffe Italian American Club. See Diane Fo
n Kenny Yuko
, a candidate for Ohio
Senate District 25, hosts a Gala Reception with special guest state Rep. Connie Pillach
who is a candidate for Ohio Treasurer, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at The Patrician
in Eastlake. See Yuko or Pamela Yuko
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: 2013 election, Cindy Quinn-Hopkins, Dennis Morley, Eastlake mayor, Ted Andrzejewski