Now that state Rep. John Patrick Carney
he will run for Ohio Auditor, Democrats have filled most of their slate of
statewide candidates who will challenge Republican incumbents in 2014.
Carney is a Columbus-based healthcare attorney who grew up
in Bay Village and has served in the Ohio General Assembly for three two-year
He will challenge incumbent state Auditor Dave Yost
a Republican who is finishing his first term in office.
Other races shape up for now to pit Gov. John Kasich
vs. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald
; Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel
vs. state Rep. Connie Pillach
; Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
vs. state Sen. Nina Turner
; and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
vs. former Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy
be on the ballot next year. No Democrat opposition has announced so far.
Carney said during an interview with The News-Herald that
he believes his experience in the health care field would serve him well as he
would aim as auditor to carefully examine the large percentage of the state’s
revenue that is spent on health care.
Other issues Carney will use as campaign talking points
are to protect Lake Erie and waterway assets and what he says is the
gerrymandering of legislative districts that eliminates bipartisanship on the
He also believes that JobsOhio needs to be more
transparent and said Ohioans deserve to know where public tax money is spent in
the effort to help create jobs.
It should be an interesting election season next year to
see if Republicans continue to dominate state politics or whether Democrats
make any headway.
Congratulations to Geauga County Assistant Prosecutor Mark Bartolotta,
who was appointed by Kasich to become the new Lake County Probate Court judge.
I’ll write a little bit more on this development in a future column.
Geauga County Democratic Party hosts a spaghetti dinner at
6 p.m. Thursday and a speaker will discuss the new federal health care law.
Former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner
will talk about
women’s issues and her new book at 2 p.m. Sept. 22. The party’s annual clambake
will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 5. Each of the events will be at party headquarters in
Geauga County Republican Party hosts GOP Steak Roast with
a mystery guest speaker at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Troy Township Pavilion.
Lake County Democratic Women’s Club hosts 75th anniversary
luncheon and Woman of the Year award on Sept. 21 at Dino’s Party Center in
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.
Change in publication date
Starting with the Sept. 21 edition, this column will be
published on The News-Herald’s editorial page on Saturdays instead of on Sundays.
n Susan McGuinness
, candidate for
Painesville Township trustee, hosts a ’60s Night fundraiser, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Harry Buffalo in Painesville Township. See Susan or Ray McGuinness
Geauga County Auditor Frank J. Gliha
hosts Chinese Dinner fundraiser, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Pineview Lake in Munson
Township. See Gliha.
Lake County Commissioner Daniel P. Troy
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 Molenaar
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
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
Lake County Commissioner Judy Moran
hosts Oktoberfest 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at American Legion Hall in Willowick. See
or Kevin Malecek
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: 2014 election, Connie Luhta, Dave Yost, David Pepper, Ed FitzGerald, John Kasich, John Patrick Carney, Jon Husted, Josh Mandel, Mark Bartolotta, Mike DeWine, Nina Turner