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Wednesday, March 29

Ohio House 18th: Mottl (D) to Hold Fundraiser

Former Congressman Ron Mottl (D-North Royalton), a candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives 18th District seat of incumbent Tom Patton (R-Strongsville), will hold a campaign fund-raising event at Antonio's Restaurant, 7401 Ridgewood Drive in Parma, on April 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Mottl is opposed in the primary by John M. Celebrezze (D-North Royalton).

Mottl, an attorney, served in the Ohio General Assembly from 1967 to 1975 before serving in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1983. After losing the primary race in 1982 he returned to local politics, serving on the Parma school board 1985-1986 (the last year as President) and getting elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1986. When I asked him today what prompted him to run for office again now, he said that he wants to find a place to serve the public, and that his emphasis will be on helping senior citizens "since I am one now." (Mottl is 72.) "I'd like to be the Claude Pepper of the Ohio House of Representatives" he continued, noting that he had served with Pepper in Congress. Rep. Claude Pepper (D-FL) was 88 years old when he died in 1989, having just completed 26 years in Congress, preceded by 15 years in the U.S. Senate.

ADDENDUM: Just to be clear about Pepper, he was an outspoken advocate for the rights of senior citizens and in many ways was responsible for galvanizing older Americans as a distinct interest group and political force. I'd dearly love to get his take on the absolute mess Republicans have made with this Medicare Part D prescription benefit.

About former Rep. Mottl, a reader emailed me to say that he believes that Mottl and Parma Mayor Dean DePiero (D) have ended their political feud, which if true bodes well for Mottl's present campaign. According to the reader, Mottl resigned his General Assembly seat in the early 1990s and was replaced by his son, also named Ron Mottl, just before legislative term limits kicked in. Then City Council member DePiero opposed the younger Mottl's bid for re-election and he lost in the primary, due in part to public perception of nepotism in the Mottl-for-Mottl switch. DePiero continued his political antagonism to the senior Mottl during his unsuccessful bid for Mayor of North Royalton in 2004. Peace and harmony between the two would therefore be very good news for the Mottl camp.

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