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Friday, January 24, 2014

Women's rights won't be ignored in gubernatorial campaign

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald’s selection of Sharen Neuhardt as his running mate in a gubernatorial run emphasized a message that women’s health issues won’t be ignored in this gubernatorial election.

FitzGerald, a Democrat, picked the Dayton-area attorney after his first choice, State Sen. Eric Kearney of Cincinnati, left the ticket after news of unpaid business taxes.

The selection of Neuhardt seems to have taken a page out of the November gubernatorial race in Virginia in which women’s rights were a central focus and helped pave the way to the election of Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

FitzGerald said in an email to supporters that Neuhardt is a “steadfast champion of women’s health and shares my outrage at the current Governor’s attempt to dictate to women what should be private medical decisions and restrict access to critical health care services.”

FitzGerald, likely to win a Democratic Party primary on May 6, would likely face Gov. John Kasich, who most likely wins the Republican Party primary.

Ohio Republican Party spokesman Chris Schrimpf criticized FitzGerald’s pick of Neuhardt, saying he put in the “third-string backup to his original choice” and that “he simply doesn’t have what it takes to lead a state.”

After FitzGerald accepted the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio on Wednesday — the 41st anniversary of Roe vs. Wade — Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges issued a news release to criticize the news.

“Ohio Democrats are joining the likes of Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and saying that those who believe in life are not welcome in the Democratic Party or in a state they would govern,” he said.

Filed petitions

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, a Russell Township Republican, has filed candidacy petitions with the Lake County Elections Board to seek re-election for Ohio’s 14th Congressional District. Lake County Probate Court Judge Mark J. Bartolotta, a Concord Township Republica, has filed candidacy petitions to retain his seat. Lake County Auditor Edward H. Zupancic, a Painesville Township Republican, has filed to run for re-election.

Geauga County Auditor Frank J. Gliha has filed candidacy petitions with the Geauga County Elections Board to seek re-election. Geauga County Commissioner Blake Rear has filed petitions to run to complete the unexpired term for commissioner ending Jan. 1, 2017.

Pulled petitions

Richard J. Walker, a Perry Village Democrat, has taken out candidacy petitions to run for Ohio House of Representatives District 61. Geoff Kent, a Painesville Township Democrat, has pulled petitions to run for Lake County Auditor.


Inside Business Magazine recently named its top 100 most influential CEOs, politicians, and civic leaders in Northeast Ohio.

Selected for Lake County were Lakeland Community College President Morris Beverage Jr.; Classic Auto Group president and owner Jim Brown; Lubrizol president and CEO James Hambrick; Lake Health president and CEO Cynthia Moore-Hardy; and Lake County Commissioner Daniel P. Troy.

NOACA leaders selected

The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency in Cleveland is a planning agency that addresses the transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties.

Among the recently elected officers for the agency’s Governing Board in 2014 were Geauga County Commissioner Mary E. Samide, president; Troy, second vice president; Lake County Commissioner Robert E. Aufuldish, an assistant secretary; and FitzGerald, treasurer.


Last week, I wrote that Ellen Foley Kessler was the first woman to serve as a Lake Metroparks Park Board commissioner. I was informed after publication that she was the third woman to serve in the position. Martha F. Tyler was a Park Board commissioner from 1961 through 1971; and Nina Wright served from 1973 through 1976.

  • Lake County Domestic Relations Court Judge Colleen A. Falkowski hosts a fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 Jan. 30 at LaMalfa Party Center in Mentor. See Brian Falkowski.
  • Lisa Klammer, candidate for Lake County Probate Court judge, hosts a fundraiser, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at LaMalfa Party Center. See Randy Klammer.
John Arthur Hutchison
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