Geauga County Commissioner Tracy Jemison
a lot of people this week when he announced that he would retire from the
position effective Oct. 31.
Jemison has served as a county commissioner for the past
five years and before that he served as the county auditor for 13 years.
He also served for eight years in the 1970s as a
Middlefield Village councilman and from 1988 to 1991 as a Berkshire School
So the county will lose a lot of the governmental
expertise when Jemison takes his leave.
It also means there will be another political appointment
to be made by the Geauga County Republican Party — something we’ve seen a lot
of during the past few years.
Last year, the county GOP appointed Jim Flaiz as
prosecutor after Dave Joyce
left the post to run for Congress after
former U.S. Rep. Steven C. LaTourette
decided at the end of July that he
would retire and dropped out as the Republican candidate.
Dr. Robert S. Coleman
was also appointed to be the party’s
candidate for coroner last November after Dr. John Urbancic
withdrew from the
When former Commissioner Bill Young
retired last summer,
Republicans appointed Walter “Skip” Claypool
to serve until the next election
— held in November 2012. The party appointed Commissioner Mary Samide
to be that candidate, rather than Claypool, after she was defeated in a GOP
primary for her own re-election. She then defeated Democrat Jim Dvorak
The county GOP also was part of the process after former
Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Charles “Chip” Henry
died. Gov. John Kasich
eventually selected Tim Grendell as the new judge.
Whoever is appointed as the new commissioner will have to
run in a GOP primary in May if they want to finish the unexpired term, which
ends Jan. 1, 2017.
Just a few of the names I’ve heard who might express
interest are Chardon Mayor Phil King
, South Russell Village Councilman Mark Porter
Claypool, and perhaps someone within the party leadership like Blake Rear
Geauga County Democrats most likely will recruit someone
to run in the May primary, as well. Perhaps Dvorak will give it another try?
Along with Jemison’s retirement prompting an election next
year to finish his unexpired term, Samide’s term expires Dec. 31, 2014.
So that means there will be two commissioner seats up for
grabs next year. This is going to be interesting.
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n Eric Condon
, candidate for Euclid
Council Ward 8, hosts Cleveland vs. Buffalo Tailgate Party, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.,
Oct. 3 at Paradise Island Saloon in Euclid. See Condon.
State Rep. Matt Lynch
hosts a clambake, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 at Centerville Mills Park in Bainbridge
Township. See Lynch or Kerri Quay
n Dennis Morley
, candidate for
Eastlake mayor, hosts Steak Roast Fundraiser, 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at Boracs
Landing in Eastlake. See Donna Vaughn
or Dale Bradley
, candidate for Chardon Council, hosts a fundraiser 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Morgan's Smokehouse on the
Square in Chardon. See Ray.
State Rep. John Rogers
hosts fall clambake, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Mentor Beach Park in
Mentor-on-the-Lake. See Rogers or Kip Molenaar
n Matt Jaworski
, candidate for
Wickliffe Council at large, hosts a bowling fundraiser, noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 12
at Wickliffe Lanes. See Jaworski or Matt Gallik.
Lake County Commissioner Judy Moran
hosts Oktoberfest 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at American Legion Hall in Willowick. See
or Kevin Malecek
Lake County Recorder Ann M. Radcliffe
hosts spaghetti dinner fundraiser 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Park Road Grill in
Painesville Township. See Terri Conley
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