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Friday, March 7, 2014

Ohio's 14th Congressional District race captures DCCC's attention

The race for Ohio’s 14th Congressional District has grabbed the national spotlight and it’s looking more like there could be a lot of money spent or at least a lot of activity by the respective campaigns.

Earlier this week, the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added the seven-county congressional district’s Democratic candidate Michael Wager of Moreland Hills to its Red to Blue program as an Emerging Race.

The DCCC’s Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support.

The national program introduces Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns.

Emerging Races highlights candidates and districts the DCCC considers to be increasingly competitive.
Wager, who is unopposed in his party’s primary, said he aims to stand up for the middle class and build an economy that works for everyone.

He said the DCCC news shows his campaign has demonstrated it has the support, confidence and momentum to win in November.

For the Republican Party primary on May 6, incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce of Russell Township faces state Rep. Matt Lynch of Bainbridge Township. Lynch decided not to seek re-election to his seat in Columbus.

David Macko of Solon is unopposed in the Libertarian Party primary.

Joyce’s campaign manager Kevin Benacci responded to the DCCC news by portraying Wager as a liberal who recently moved into the district from Shaker Heights.

Benacci said Joyce has worked to repeal Obamacare, get Washington on a budget, and help secure funding to preserve and protect Lake Erie.

Lynch wasn’t surprised by the DCCC news and said that’s because he along with the DCCC see Joyce as vulnerable. Lynch also believes if Joyce is the GOP nominee rather than himself, then Wager is likely to get elected because conservatives might stay home in November.

Joyce had a substantial fundraising lead over his opponents as of the last report that detailed campaign activity through Dec. 31. Joyce had $1,141,353 cash on hand and Wager had $347,645, according to their reports.

Lynch and Macko haven’t filed reports, but none of the four candidates have had to submit a report this year since the Feb. 5 deadline for partisan candidates to file to run for the position.

RNC social media blitz

The Cuyahoga County GOP has started to promote a social media campaign to encourage people to tell the Republican National Committee to select Cleveland as the site for the 2016 Republican National Committee.

People can visit to vote online for Cleveland, follow @CLErnc on Twitter, use #RNC2CLE in tweets, and like the official Facebook page:


  • Dennis LoConti, candidate for Lake County Common Pleas Court judge, hosts a fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 11 at LaMalfa Party Center in Mentor. See LoConti.
  • Chris Galloway, candidate for Lake County commissioner, hosts St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser, starts at 5 p.m. March 15 at home of Dave and Beverly Vitaz in Concord Township. See Galloway.
  • Geauga County Democratic Party hosts pre-St. Patty's Day Dinner, 6 to 9 p.m. March 15 at party headquarters in Newbury Township. See Janet Carson.
  • Lake County Commissioner Robert E. Aufuldish hosts St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, 5 to 7:30 p.m. March 20 at LaMalfa Party Center. See Kathie Aufuldish-Freshour or Ernie Koenig.
  • Kenny Yuko, candidate for Ohio Senate District 25, hosts fundraiser, 5 to 7:30 p.m. March 23 at Tizzano’s Party Center in Euclid. See Pamela Yuko.
  • Willoughby Hills Councilman David M. Fiebig hosts annual Spring Fever fundraiser, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 24 at Willoughby Hills Community Center. See Joyce Hribar Fiebig or John Plecnik.
  • Wager hosts a fundraiser, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 27 at Little Mountain Brewing Company in Mentor. See Ashton Narzisi.
  • Ron Graham, candidate for Lake County Common Pleas Court judge, hosts cocktail party fundraiser, 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 27 at LaMalfa Party Center in Mentor. See Gabe Cicconetti or David Eva.

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