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Thursday, March 23

Ohio House 46th: Dansack (D) to Run as Write-in Candidate

Mark Dansack will run as a write-in candidate for the 46th Ohio House District seat of incumbent Rep. Mark J. Wagoner, Jr (R-Toledo). Wagoner has no other opponent from either party. The 46th District is in Lucas County. The last Democratic candidate got 37.97% of the vote against Wagoner in 2004.

UPDATE: As an alert commenter has discovered, I misidentified the candidate as a prominent Toledo attorney with the same last name. I have deleted the mistaken portion of the post, apologize for any confusion caused by my error, and refer readers to the comment for more information about this write-in candidate. And thanks to the commenter for correcting my error!


At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is wrong. I think Dansack still lives in Oregon, Ohio which is not in that district.

At 10:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually it is Mark Dansack, a resident of Monclova Township that has filed to run as a write-in candidate in May for the Democratic nomination for House District 46 to get on the November ballot.

The following is a press release released by his campaign on March 13, 2006:

Contact: Mark Dansack
E-mail: dansack4rep46@buckeye-express.com



Monclova Township Resident’s Campaign to Focus on Education and Job Creation

MAUMEE, OH, March 13, 2006. Monclova Township Resident Mark Dansack has announced his candidacy as a Democratic write-in candidate for Representative of State House District 46. Dansack says his campaign will concentrate on ethical concerns spawned by 12 years of one party rule in Ohio; educational funding reform; job creation and retention; and the retraining of displaced workers.

Many issues inspired Dansack to join this race. For example, in his current position aiding injured workers, Dansack speaks daily with clients who are incensed that their benefits will be cut before there is resolution regarding the failed investments and scandal within the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

Additionally, the lack of action on part of the state legislature to reform the education funding process, declared unconstitutional a decade ago, fueled his candidacy. Dansack feels passionately about the need to shift the brunt of the funding burden away from property owners who are increasingly asked to bear responsibility . Finally, Dansack knows from experience of the need for effective programming to retrain workers, as he was one of five-hundred employees displaced when a major manufacturer left the Toledo area.

“Ohio continues to lag behind the rest of the country with respect to employment as thousands of good-paying manufacturing jobs have been lost in the past five years. After 12 years of Republican dominance, controlling the executive and legislative branches, we continue to fall behind and there seems to be no sense of urgency from the current leadership. Ohioans deserve better.”

Dansack is shocked by the recent passage of workers’ compensation legislative “reforms” that were railroaded through by the GOP controlled House and State Senate. “You would think that the legislature would at least wait for the fall-out from the failed investments and ‘coingate’ scandal before attempting to balance the Bureau’s budget on the backs of injured workers. I’m obviously more concerned with injured workers getting the care and compensation they are entitled to than seeing well-heeled insiders walk off with the public’s money”.

Symbolically, the very business involved with the “coingate” scandal was located in House District 46. “People I talk with every day, including Republicans, Democrats, and independents, are outraged that while they are working hard and playing by the rules, they continue to fall behind while the politically connected are taken care of. I decided to join this race, after seeing that no Democrat had come forward, because I believe the stakes are too high not to challenge the status quo,” Dansack continued.

Although getting a late start, Dansack feels good about his chances. “It’s a long way to November. I believe the voters are smart enough to understand that the present ‘pay to play’ situation in Ohio is unacceptable. I’m hoping to be able to offer an alternative which the citizens of District 46 can rally around and together we’ll see that the present shenanigans seen in state government are eliminated.”

Married for 12 years to Heather, with 2 young daughters, Dansack, 44, lives in Monclova Township. He earned a B.S. in engineering and an M.P.A. in Public Administration, both from the University of Toledo. His employment history includes nearly eighteen years at General Mills, Inc. in Toledo, until its closing in 2002, and almost three years at the law firm of Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault, & Schaffer in Sylvania Twp. He also worked a brief stint with the Urban Affairs Center at the University of Toledo. Dansack previously lived in Oregon, Ohio where he served as President and Treasurer of the Oregon Democratic Club and as chairman and treasurer for local campaigns. He also volunteered as a youth coach in the Oregon Recreation Program and has assisted with the American Cancer Society fund raising drives. He and his family are members of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Toledo.


At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Mark Dansack is the brother of Mike Dansack, an attorney and former mayor of Oregon. I know both of them personally and they both are committed to the causes of ordinary working men & women. Its good to see a Democrat in the race in HD 46. That district is the epicenter of the Coingate scandal as Tom Noe had his residence, as well as his business, "Vintage Coins", in that District.
People should help out Mark!

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