Note on Updating Candidate List
Due to non-blog obligations (try saying THAT fast), I have not been able to update my List of Ohio Candidates in light of yesterday's filings as quickly as I would like. However, thanks to charts published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon Journal today, I have at least been able to update the Northeast Ohio races. (That includes Congressional races 9-11, 13-14, and 16-17; Ohio Senate races 13 and 21-29; and Ohio House races 7-18, 41-45, 50-52, 56-58, 62-63, 68-69, and 97-98.) A few observations:
* Seventeen petitions were filed in Congressional District 13, but none of them were for rumored candidate Ted Kalo (D). Former city councilman and brother of current Congressman Gary Kucinich (D) brings a familiar name to the race, as does car dealer and brother of automobile legend Charles DeLorean (R).
* Neither Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-9th) nor Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-11th) have the luxury of running unopposed, but Rep. Tim Ryan (D-17th) does.
* After much discussion on DailyKos.com about whether Jeff Seeman (D) would file again to run against Ralph Regula (R-16th), he did. So did Tom Mason (D) and Thomas Shaw (D).
* Diana Huska (D) will oppose former candidate Sue Morano (D) in the Ohio Senate 13th District primary, not Jose Candelario (D) as I had believed.
* City Councilman Trevor Elkins (D-Newburgh Heights) dropped his bid for the 21st District Ohio Senate seat of term-limited Senate Minority Leader C.J. Prentiss (D), but there are three new Democratic candidates in the mix, along with the endorsed candidate State Rep. Shirley Smith (D) and established candidates State Rep. Annie L. Key (D) and State Rep. Claudette Woodard (D).
* Former City Councilman Jimmie L. Hicks (D-Cleveland Heights) is in the race for the 9th District Ohio House seat, along with endorsed candidate and former State Rep. Barbara Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and political newcomer Julian Rogers (D-Cleveland Heights).
* The field of Democratic candidates for the open District 10 Ohio House seat has grown to eight, and for the open District 11 Ohio House seat has grown to seven.
* State Rep. Joe Koziura (D-Lorain), long rumored as a potential candidate in several races, will run for re-election in Ohio House District 56.