Now that Gov. John Kasich
has appointed Mark
to serve as Lake County Probate Court judge, look for
some other developments to shake out involving who might run for other county
judicial offices in 2014.
Lake County Assistant Prosecutor John
, who was one of four finalists for the Probate Court
appointment, quickly pulled candidacy petitions to run for the Lake County
Common Pleas Court seat on the bench held by Judge Joe Gibson
Due to age limits for judges, Gibson is not able to seek
re-election, so that leaves an open seat up for grabs.
Look for O’Donnell, a Willowick Republican who also serves
as a city councilman, to announce fairly soon that he will run for the judicial
Will any other Republicans decide to run for the seat?
On the Democratic side, how about attorney Ron
, who ran against Judge Vincent A. Culotta
in the 2004
Dennis N. Loconti
to Gibson in the 2008 Democratic Party. Would he be interested in another run?
How about Paul Miller
? He was a finalist for
the recent county Public Defender appointment and ran in the Democratic primary
in 2008 for county Juvenile Court judge.
If not for a Common Pleas position, would Miller have any
interest in running again for Juvenile Court judge? Judge Karen
, a Republican, also will be on the ballot next year.
So will the seat on the Domestic Relations Court bench
held by Judge Colleen A. Falkowski
, a Democrat. She was unopposed in
It’s early, but I’m not hearing of any potential
Republican interest for a primary against Bartolotta for Probate Court judge.
By the way, Bartolotta was sworn in Thursday by Culotta
during a private ceremony and is scheduled to begin service on the bench on
Monday. A public swearing in ceremony is planned Sept. 30 for Bartolotta at the
Mentor Prosecutor Lisa Klammer,
a Democrat, is said
to have interest in running for the Probate Court seat.
Eastlake Council President Dennis Morley
incumbent Mayor Ted Andrzejewski
were the top two finishers in Tuesday’s
mayor primary, so they will now face each other on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Councilwoman Cindy Quinn-Hopkins
meaning she does not advance.
The special election attracted about 19 percent of the
city’s registered voters. Election officials said that’s a good turnout for
this type of election.
I find it rather disappointing that not even one out of
every five voters bothered to take the time to cast a ballot to help determine
who should be the city’s top elected official.
Candidates in Lake, Geauga and eastern Cuyahoga counties
who appear on the Nov. 5 ballot may send in listings of endorsements they
receive for the upcoming election via email, fax or standard mail. They will
appear online periodically on The News-Herald’s Northern Ohio Politics blog.
Perry Township Trustee candidate Bob
hosts a meet the candidate picnic from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at
Perry Township Park.
Lake County Commissioner Daniel
hosts Fall Classic Golf Outing and Clam Bake, 12:30 p.m.
shotgun start Sept. 27 at Lost Nation Municipal Golf Course in Willoughby. See Kip
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.
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
State Rep. John
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
Lake County Commissioner Judy
hosts Oktoberfest 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at American Legion Hall
in Willowick. See Paul Miller
or Kevin Malecek
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: 2014 election, Colleen Falkowski, Dennis Morley, Joe Gibson, John O'Donnell, Karen Lawson, Lake County, Mark Bartolotta, Ted Andrzejewski, Vincent Culotta