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Politics is big in these parts, and we’ve got it covered. John Arthur Hutchison and other staff writers will offer their inside information on the events, big news and little moments of the local political scene in Lake, Geauga and eastern Cuyahoga counties.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lake County commissioner race heats up with campaign video release

It looks like the race for Lake County commissioner has begun to heat up.

A video posted on the campaign website for Lake County commissioner candidate Kimberly Laurie is entitled “Farewell to the King” and takes a shot at her opponent Lake County Commissioner Daniel P. Troy.

The video initially depicts Troy wearing a red robe trimmed with white and black spots and wearing a golden crown. Viewers may wonder initially whether the video is supposed to be a parody.

Laurie said it is a serious campaign video that uses humor to get her message across.

A male voice begins the 2 minute, 4 second video saying “In a time when our community has been plagued by unemployment, oppressive taxes, and flooding — due to the decrees of their ruler King Daniel P. Troy — citizens decide enough is enough.”

Laurie said the video is the trailer for her campaign message and the theme is part of an upcoming literature piece that looks like a movie poster and will be distributed door-to-door.

Troy said he had seen the video. He called it “fear mongering” and an attempt to “denigrate” the community with the “indication that everything is horrible”.

He said there are untruths mentioned throughout the video and added that he has done many things in his career to help move the county forward.

“It’s the sign of a candidate who has nothing to say about themselves,” Troy said. “It's from someone who has lived here for three years and has no idea what Lake County is about.”

There is a lot packed into the 2 minute 4 seconds video, so view it to judge for yourself.

John Arthur Hutchison
Twitter: @newsheraldjah

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Register to vote for Nov. 4 election

Today is National Voter Registration Day and in Ohio people have until Oct. 6 to register for the Nov. 4 general election.

It’s pretty easy to register to vote in Ohio and you may do so by visiting your respective county Elections Board or following the steps on the Ohio Secretary of State's web page to fill out and mail a registration application to your county Elections Board.

Here are the requirements to be eligible to vote in Ohio, according to the Ohio Secretary of State:

* You are a citizen of the United States.
* You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election.
* You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote.
* You are not incarcerated (in jail or in prison) for a felony conviction.
* You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court.
* You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violations of the election laws.

So if you're not registered, take a few minutes to become a registered voter.

John Arthur Hutchison
Twitter: @newsheraldjah

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